The elliptic model for communication fluxes

Herrera Yagüe, Carlos and Schneider, C. M. and Smoreda, Zbigniew and Couronné, Thomas and Zufiria Zatarain, Pedro Jose and González, Marta C. (2014). The elliptic model for communication fluxes. "Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment", v. 2014 ; pp. 1-12. ISSN 1742-5468.


Title: The elliptic model for communication fluxes
  • Herrera Yagüe, Carlos
  • Schneider, C. M.
  • Smoreda, Zbigniew
  • Couronné, Thomas
  • Zufiria Zatarain, Pedro Jose
  • González, Marta C.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Date: April 2014
ISSN: 1742-5468
Volume: 2014
Freetext Keywords: Network dynamics, scaling in socio-economic systems, socio-economic networks, traffic and crowd dynamics
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Matemática Aplicada a las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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In this paper, a model (called the elliptic model) is proposed to estimate the number of social ties between two locations using population data in a similar manner to how transportation research deals with trips. To overcome the asymmetry of transportation models, the new model considers that the number of relationships between two locations is inversely proportional to the population in the ellipse whose foci are in these two locations. The elliptic model is evaluated by considering the anonymous communications patterns of 25 million users from three different countries, where a location has been assigned to each user based on their most used phone tower or billing zip code. With this information, spatial social networks are built at three levels of resolution: tower, city and region for each of the three countries. The elliptic model achieves a similar performance when predicting communication fluxes as transportation models do when predicting trips. This shows that human relationships are influenced at least as much by geography as is human mobility.

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Item ID: 35853
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DOI: 10.1088/1742-5468/2014/04/P04022
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 28 Jun 2015 11:49
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2015 11:49
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