Mobility

Regularity-Based Wireless Subscriber Population Estimation

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Executive Summary

Fine-grained dynamic population estimation is in an increasingly high demand as it has numerous applications in wireless network engineering, urban planning, location-based services and mobile applications, and advertisement. In this paper, the authors introduce a framework that dynamically estimates the wireless subscriber population of an arbitrary fine-grained area based on the current cellular phone usage. This framework takes advantage of strong regularities, low variance, and low information entropy in human mobility and phone usage patterns; thus simplifying the estimation for wireless carriers and other big entities while maintaining a high accuracy.

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