Understanding individual human mobility patterns

  title={Understanding individual human mobility patterns},
  author={Marta C. Gonz{\'a}lez and C{\'e}sar A. Hidalgo and A L Barabasi},
Despite their importance for urban planning, traffic forecasting and the spread of biological and mobile viruses, our understanding of the basic laws governing human motion remains limited owing to the lack of tools to monitor the time-resolved location of individuals. Here we study the trajectory of 100,000 anonymized mobile phone users whose position is tracked for a six-month period. We find that, in contrast with the random trajectories predicted by the prevailing Lévy flight and random… 

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