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Estimating an origin-destination table using a method based on shortest augmenting paths


  • Barbour, Refat
  • Fricker, Jon D.


The most well-known origin-destination estimation methods involve entropy maximization or information minimization. However, these methods often require much more information than is available in reliable form, namely, target trip tables and the extent to which each origin-destination path uses each link. In this paper, a second version of the Shortest Augmenting Path Estimation method (SHAPE-2) is introduced, in which target trip tables and path use proportions are not required. In tests to date, SHAPE-2 has produced good results. It has demonstrated good sensitivity to changes in link loadings on small test networks and, on a real network of special interest to the authors, it performed better than any method previously applied.

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  • Barbour, Refat & Fricker, Jon D., 1994. "Estimating an origin-destination table using a method based on shortest augmenting paths," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 77-89, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transb:v:28:y:1994:i:2:p:77-89

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    1. Kelvin J. Lancaster, 1966. "A New Approach to Consumer Theory," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 74, pages 132-132.
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    1. Yong Zhou & Thomas Sachse, 1997. "A few practical problems on the application of OD-estimation in motorway networks," TOP: An Official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research, Springer;Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa, vol. 5(1), pages 61-80, June.

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