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Dynamic prediction of traffic volume through Kalman filtering theory


  • Okutani, Iwao
  • Stephanedes, Yorgos J.


Two models employing Kalman filtering theory are proposed for predicting short-term traffic volume. Prediction parameters are improved using the most recent prediction error and better volume prediction on a link is achieved by taking into account data from a number of links. Based on data collected from a street network in Nagoya City, average prediction error is found to be less than 9% and maximum error less than 30%. The new models perform substantially (up to 80%) better than UTCS-2.

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  • Okutani, Iwao & Stephanedes, Yorgos J., 1984. "Dynamic prediction of traffic volume through Kalman filtering theory," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 1-11, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:18:y:1984:i:1:p:1-11

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