Thursday, April 12, 2012
Predicability of Human Mobility
Did you know that human behavior is 93% predictable? Despite the common perception that the actions of human beings are rather random and unpredictable, scientists at Northeastern University found that human mobility follows surprisingly regular patterns. The researchers were also surprised to find that the regularity and predictability of individual movement did not differ significantly across demographic categories, including age, gender, language groups, population density, and urban versus rural locations. They also studied three months of anonymous cell-phone data capturing the mobility patterns of 50,000 users chosen randomly from a pool of 10 million.