How the stated preference design bias the parameter estimates—A case study in metro travel choice

All researchers expect model parameter estimates should be unbiased, regardless of the stated preference designs used in the discrete choice model. In fact, the different designs could yield somewhat different parameter values. The question raised is how the stated preference designs could bias the parameter estimates, and the answer is not clear. Although some researchers inferred the reason is that the choice scenarios contain dominant alternatives, but this conjecture does not be verified. In this paper, the authors will analyze how the dominant alternatives in design could bias the parameter estimates. Frist the utility balance is used to quantitatively describe the dominant alternatives in the different designs. Meanwhile, the "nested logit trick" model is used to test whether the bias is induced by the changes of error variances resulting from dominant alternatives. Finally, the authors found that the main reason for the bias is that some choice situations consist of dominant alternatives in design. If there are more choice situations consisting of dominant alternatives, the bias of the parameter estimates is more significant. The utility balance is very important for reducing the parameter estimate bias.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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  • Accession Number: 01604573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 15-1410
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2016 3:31PM