DETECT: Deep Trajectory Clustering for Mobility-Behavior Analysis

Mingxuan Yue, Yaguang Li, Haoze Yang, Ritesh Ahuja, Yao Yi Chiang, Cyrus Shahabi

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Identifying mobility behaviors in rich trajectory data is of great economic and social interest to various applications including urban planning, marketing and intelligence. Existing work on trajectory clustering often relies on similarity measurements that utilize raw spatial and/or temporal information of trajectories. These measures are incapable of identifying similar moving behaviors that exhibit varying spatiotemporal scales of movement. In addition, the expense of labeling massive trajectory data is a barrier to supervised learning models. To address these challenges, we propose an unsupervised neural approach for mobility behavior clustering, called the Deep Embedded TrajEctory ClusTering network (DETECT). DETECT operates in three parts: first it transforms the trajectories by summarizing their critical parts and augmenting them with context derived from their geographical locality (e.g., using POIs from gazetteers). In the second part, it learns a powerful representation of trajectories in the latent space of behaviors, thus enabling a clustering function (such as k-means) to be applied. Finally, a clustering oriented loss is directly built on the embedded features to jointly perform feature refinement and cluster assignment, thus improving separability between mobility behaviors. Exhaustive quantitative and qualitative experiments on two real-world datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach for mobility behavior analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019
EditorsChaitanya Baru, Jun Huan, Latifur Khan, Xiaohua Tony Hu, Ronay Ak, Yuanyuan Tian, Roger Barga, Carlo Zaniolo, Kisung Lee, Yanfang Fanny Ye
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728108582
StatePublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Dec 9 2019Dec 12 2019

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NameProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019


Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

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