Dynamic Trip Modelling: From Shopping Centres to the Internet

Dynamic Trip Modelling: From Shopping Centres to the Internet

by Robert G.V. Baker
     
 

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The thesis of this book is that there are one set of equations that can define any trip between an origin and destination. The idea originally came from work that I did when applying the hydrodynamic analogy to study congested traffic flows in 1981. However, I was disappointed to find out that much of the mathematical work had already been done decades earlier.

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The thesis of this book is that there are one set of equations that can define any trip between an origin and destination. The idea originally came from work that I did when applying the hydrodynamic analogy to study congested traffic flows in 1981. However, I was disappointed to find out that much of the mathematical work had already been done decades earlier. When I looked for a new application, I realised that shopping centre demand could be like a longitudinal wave, governed by centre opening and closing times. Further, a solution to the differential equation was the gravity model and this suggested that time was somehow part of distance decay. This was published in 1985 and represented a different approach to spatial interaction modelling. The next step was to translate the abstract theory into something that could be tested empirically. To this end, I am grateful to my Ph. D supervisor, Professor Barry Garner who taught me that it is not sufficient just to have a theoretical model. This book is an outcome of this on-going quest to look at how the evolution of the model performs against real world data. This is a far more difficult process than numerical simulations, but the results have been more valuable to policy formulation, and closer to what I think is spatial science. The testing and application of the model required the compilation of shopping centre surveys and an Internet data set.

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"It combines in a single volume much of the work that Baker has been conducting since 1985 on his RASTT model. … the book contains sufficient ideas for readers to bridge this gap themselves and be inspired by the richness of the ideas discussed." (Harry Timmermans, Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48 (5), 2008)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789048171125
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
11/25/2010
Series:
GeoJournal Library Series, #84
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.03(d)

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