Use of Social Media for Traffic Information in Indian Cities

Social media have been recently employed as a source of information for event detection, including traffic congestion and accidents. Twitter, one of the social media platforms, is the most popularly used one for such applications due to the availability of an application program interface (APIs). Twitter allows users to share information in 140 characters and gives the location of the incident and context of the incident. This study explores the possibility of using Twitter to obtain traffic information under Indian conditions, taking Chennai and Bangalore as case study. The system fetches tweets using Twitter Streaming API as well as Search API, pre-processes tweets using pre-filtration and text-mining techniques and finally performs binary classification of tweets using lexicon based approach and supervised machine learning (ML) based approach. Supervised ML-based approach was used also to classify tweets into finer classes to know the reason behind the congestion.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADA60 Standing Committee on Public Involvement in Transportation.
  • Authors:
    • Gaurav, Ashutosh
    • Suriyanarayanan, Ramasubramanian
    • Jayaprakash, Rajesh
    • Vanajakshi, Lelitha Devi
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  • Date: 2018


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01657489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 18-02275
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2018 10:33AM