Journal article

Ensemble model for estimating continental-scale patterns of human movement: a case study of Australia

Karen McCulloch, Nick Golding, Jodie McVernon, Sarah Goodwin, Martin Tomko

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE RESEARCH | Published : 2021

Abstract

Understanding human movement patterns at local, national and international scales is critical in a range of fields, including transportation, logistics and epidemiology. Data on human movement is increasingly available, and when combined with statistical models, enables predictions of movement patterns across broad regions. Movement characteristics, however, strongly depend on the scale and type of movement captured for a given study. The models that have so far been proposed for human movement are best suited to specific spatial scales and types of movement. Selecting both the scale of data collection, and the appropriate model for the data remains a key challenge in predicting human moveme..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work has been supported by FrontierSI (formerly CRC for Spatial Information), a not-for-profit company that exists to deliver major benefits to governments, industry and the community in Australia and New Zealand through the application of spatial information. The authors would also like to thank Sygic for allowing access to anonymized data for the purposes of this research.