Calibrating Activity-Based Travel Demand Model Systems via Microsimulation

This study addresses the problem of calibrating activity-based travel demand model systems. The authors formulated this problem as a simulation-based optimization problem with an analytical expression for the objective function. Then the authors proposed a stochastic gradient-based solution algorithm to solve it. The solution algorithm is able to utilize microsimulation to calculate the unbiased estimator of the simulated aggregate statistics in order to evaluate the objective function. Additionally, the authors derived the expressions to compute the gradient of the objective function, making the solution algorithm explicitly utilize the structure of the model-system to accurately and efficiently calculate the gradient. Finally, the authors show that the proposed solution algorithm outperforms the other simulation-based stochastic gradient algorithm in terms of computational efficiency, stability, and convergence. This study has the potential to facilitate wider and easier application of activity-based model systems.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ADB40 Standing Committee on Transportation Demand Forecasting.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Chen, Siyu
    • Prakash, A Arun
    • De Azevedo, Carlos Lima
    • Ben-Akiva, Moshe
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 8p

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  • Accession Number: 01697548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-05633
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:31AM