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Representing Public Transport Schedules as Repeating Trips


Kasperovics, Romans; Böhlen, Michael Hanspeter; Gamper, Johann (2008). Representing Public Transport Schedules as Repeating Trips. In: TIME '08. 15th International Symposium on Temporal Representation and Reasoning, Montreal, QC, 16 June 2008 - 18 June 2008, 54-58.

Abstract

The movement in public transport networks is organized according to schedules. The real-world schedules are specified by a set of periodic rules and a number of irregularities from these rules. The irregularities appear as cancelled trips or additional trips on special occasions such as public holidays, strikes, cultural events, etc. Under such conditions, it is a challenging problem to capture real-world schedules in a concise way. This paper presents a practical approach for modelling real-world public transport schedules. We propose a new data structure, called repeating trip, that combines route information and the schedule at the starting station of the route; the schedules at other stations can be inferred. We define schedules as semi-periodic temporal repetitions, and store them as pairs of rules and exceptions. Both parts are represented in a tree structure, termed multislice, which can represent finite and infinite periodic repetitions. We illustrate our approach on a real-world schedule and we perform in-depth comparison with related work.

The movement in public transport networks is organized according to schedules. The real-world schedules are specified by a set of periodic rules and a number of irregularities from these rules. The irregularities appear as cancelled trips or additional trips on special occasions such as public holidays, strikes, cultural events, etc. Under such conditions, it is a challenging problem to capture real-world schedules in a concise way. This paper presents a practical approach for modelling real-world public transport schedules. We propose a new data structure, called repeating trip, that combines route information and the schedule at the starting station of the route; the schedules at other stations can be inferred. We define schedules as semi-periodic temporal repetitions, and store them as pairs of rules and exceptions. Both parts are represented in a tree structure, termed multislice, which can represent finite and infinite periodic repetitions. We illustrate our approach on a real-world schedule and we perform in-depth comparison with related work.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:18 June 2008
Deposited On:01 Jun 2012 15:30
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:26
Publisher DOI:10.1109/TIME.2008.26
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:2301
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-56217

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