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Measuring spatial mobility - towards new perspectives on accessibility
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In recent years, spatial data derived from cell phones has become increasingly recognized as a valuable data source for urban analysis. Using a sizeable dataset depicting the physical movements of several million Swedish and Danish cell phones during 24 hours, an analysis of aggregated individual mobility levels and mobility patterns is conducted. The analysis covers two measurements of mobility, total diurnal mobility and commuting mobility. Findings indicate that phone data may provide seminal insights on otherwise scarcely accessible information on how space is experienced and interacted with depending on the individual's residential location. The data is analysed using a broad set of spatial analysis techniques incorporating both statistical and visual representations of spatial mobility and spatial relationships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 52 p.
Arbetsrapporter / Kulturgeografiska institutionen, ISSN 0283-622X ; 957
Keyword [en]
Mobility, phone data, spatial relationships, spatial analysis, GIS
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243521DiVA: diva2:787481
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Master Programme in Social Sciences
Available from: 2015-02-12 Created: 2015-02-10 Last updated: 2015-02-12Bibliographically approved

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