Validating of complex agent-based models of social activities and travel behaviour

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Abstract

Recent travel forecasting models are based upon the fact that travel is derived from the activities in which people participate. The underlying architecture of these models are becoming more behavior- and individual-driven, and as a result, researchers are now looking towards agent-based modelling techniques for model development. This move provides new challenges with respect to validation. We describe a validation process, developed using techniques from transport modelling, agent-based modelling, and social simulation, for a complex model of joint social activity generation and scheduling. The tests focus on the activities predicted by the model, in particular when and where, and measure the extent of their similarity with theory, expert opinion and data collected in Eindhoven. We provide a recommendation of how agent-based travel behaviour models can be validated and the resources required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010), Lisbon, July 2010
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
Pages18-
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010), 11-15 July, Lisboa, Portugal - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 11 Jul 201015 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010), 11-15 July, Lisboa, Portugal
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period11/07/1015/07/10
Other12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010)

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    Ronald, N. A., Arentze, T. A., & Timmermans, H. J. P. (2010). Validating of complex agent-based models of social activities and travel behaviour. In Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010), Lisbon, July 2010 (pp. 18-).