A multi-sensory stimulating attention model for cities' taxi service demand prediction

Lyuchao Liao, Yongqiang Wang*, Fumin Zou, Shuoben Bi, Jinya Su, Qi Sun

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Taxi demand forecasting is crucial to building an efficient transportation system in a smart city. Accurate taxi demand forecasting could help the taxi management platform to allocate taxi resources in advance, alleviate traffic congestion, and reduce passenger waiting time. Thus, more efforts in industrial and academic circles have been directed towards the cities' taxi service demand prediction (CTSDP). However, the complex nonlinear spatio-temporal relationship in demand data makes it challenging to construct an accurate forecasting model. There remain challenges in perceiving the micro spatial characteristics and the macro periodicity characteristics from cities' taxi service demand data. What's more, the existing methods are significantly insufficient for exploring the potential multi-time patterns from these demand data. To meet the above challenges, and also stimulated by the human perception mechanism, we propose a Multi-Sensory Stimulus Attention (MSSA) model for CTSDP. Specifically, the MSSA model integrates a detail perception attention and a stimulus variety attention for capturing the micro and macro characteristics from massive historical demand data, respectively. The multiple time resolution modules are employed to capture multiple potential spatio-temporal periodic features from massive historical demand data. Extensive experiments on the yellow taxi trip records data in Manhattan show that the MSSA model outperforms the state-of-the-art baselines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3065
Number of pages13
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Portions of this research were funded through the projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41971340, 41471333, 61304199), projects of Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology (2021Y4019, 2020D002, 2020L3014, 2019I0019), and the Foundation of Fujian Provincial Universities Key Labo- ratory of Industrial Control and Data Analysis (Fujian University of Technology) (KF-X19013).

Data Availability Statement

The yellow taxi trip records data related to this study is accessible using the following links: https://www1.nyc. gov/site/tlc/about/tlc-trip-record-data.page. The meteorological data related to this study is accessible using the following link: https://www.wunderground.com.


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