Integrated imputation of activity-travel diaries incorporating the measurement of uncertainty

T. Feng (Corresponding author), H.J.P. Timmermans

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Procedures to transform GPS tracks into activity-travel diaries have been increasingly addressed due to their potential benefit to replace traditional methods used in travel surveys. Existing approaches for data annotation however are not sufficiently accurate, which normally involves a prompted recall survey for data validation. Imputation algorithms for transportation mode detection seem to be largely dependent on speed-related features, which may blur the quality of classification results, especially with transportation modes having similar speeds. Therefore, in this paper we propose an enhanced integrated imputation approach by incorporating the critical indicators related to trip patterns, reflecting the effects of uncertain travel environments, including bus stops and speed percentiles. A two-step procedure which embeds a segmentation model and a transportation mode inference model is designed and examined based on purified prompted recall data collected in a large-scale travel survey. Results show the superior performance of the proposed approach, where the overall accuracy at trip level reaches 93.2% and 88.1% for training and surveyed data, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-292
Number of pages19
JournalTransportation Planning and Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019


  • Activity-travel diary
  • GPS
  • imputation
  • travel survey
  • trip patterns
  • uncertainty


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