A tale of two cities

Sibren Isaacman, Richard Becker, Ramón Cáceres, Stephen Kobourov, James Rowland, Alexander Varshavsky

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Abstract

An improved understanding of human mobility patterns would yield insights into a variety of important societal issues such as the environmental impact of daily commutes. Location information from cellular wireless networks has great potential as a tool for studying these patterns. In this work, we use anonymous and aggregate statistics of the approximate locations of hundreds of thousands of cell phones in Los Angeles and New York City to demonstrate different mobility patterns in the two cities. For example, we show that Angelenos have median daily travel distances two times greater than New Yorkers, but that the most mobile 25% of New Yorkers travel six times farther than their Los Angeles counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHotMobile 2010
Subtitle of host publicationThe 11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications
Pages19-24
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2010
Event11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, HotMobile 2010 - Annapolis, MD, United States
Duration: Feb 22 2010Feb 23 2010

Publication series

NameHotMobile 2010: The 11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications

Other

Other11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, HotMobile 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAnnapolis, MD
Period2/22/102/23/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Isaacman, S., Becker, R., Cáceres, R., Kobourov, S., Rowland, J., & Varshavsky, A. (2010). A tale of two cities. In HotMobile 2010: The 11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (pp. 19-24). (HotMobile 2010: The 11th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications). https://doi.org/10.1145/1734583.1734589