Eulerian vs. Lagrangian analyses of pedestrian dynamics asymmetries in a staircase landing

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Real-life, out-of-laboratory, measurements of pedestrian movements allow extensive and fully-resolved statistical analyses. However, data acquisition in real-life is subjected to the wide heterogeneity that characterizes crowd flows over time. Disparate flow conditions, such as co-flows and counter-flows at low and at high pedestrian densities, typically follow randomly one another. When analysing the data in order to study the dynamics and behaviour of pedestrians it is crucial to be able disentangle and to properly select (query) data from statistically homogeneous flow conditions in order to avoid spurious statistics and to enable qualitative comparisons. In this paper we extend our previous analysis on the asymmetric pedestrian dynamics on a staircase landing, where we collected a large statistical database of measurements from ad hoc continuous recordings. This contribution has a two-fold aim: first, method-wise, we discuss two possible approaches to query experimental datasets for homogeneous flow conditions. For given flow conditions, we can either agglomerate measurements on a time-frame basis (Eulerian queries) or on a trajectory basis (Lagrangian queries). Second, we employ these two different perspectives to further explore asymmetries in the pedestrian dynamics in our measurement site. We report cross-comparisons of statistics of pedestrian positions, velocities and accelerations vs. flow conditions as well as vs. Eulerian or Lagrangian approach.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2016


  • physics.soc-ph


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