An entropy-maximizing model of a generalized pedestrian flow system is developed. This model is based on a fundamental conception of pedestrian traffic as being contained within a linear network. The model then maximizes the entropy of pedestrian flow within any given network, subject to a basic set of Kirchoff conditions. Once any individual pedestrian has entered into the system he is then assumed to expend a certain quantity of energy in terms of time of money or even physical work in moving around within it. Here it is assumed that the average expenditure of energy per pedestrian within the entire system is equal to some constant value. The resulting final equations are a special case of the gravity model. A general solution method is discussed and several numerical experiments with the model are described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • SCOTT, A J
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Accession Number: 00081252
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM