Mobility

On the Spatio-Temporal Information Content and Arithmetic Coding of Discrete Trajectories

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Executive Summary

The trace of a moving object is commonly referred to as a trajectory. This paper considers the spatio-temporal information content of a discrete trajectory in relation to a movement prediction model for the object under consideration. The information content is the minimal amount of information necessary to reconstruct the trajectory, given the movement model. The authors show how the information content of arbitrary trajectories can be determined and use these findings to derive an approximative arithmetic coding scheme for trajectory information, reaching a level of compression that is close to the bound provided by its entropy.

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