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A random forest incident detection algorithm that incorporates contexts

A random forest incident detection algorithm that incorporates contexts
A random forest incident detection algorithm that incorporates contexts
A major problem faced by state of the art incident detection algorithms is their high false alert rates, which are caused in part by failing to differentiate incidents from contexts. Contexts are referred to as external factors that could be expected to influence traffic conditions, such as sporting events, public holidays and weather conditions. This paper presents RoadCast Incident Detection (RCID), an algorithm that aims to make this differentiation by gaining a better understanding of conditions that could be expected during contexts’ disruption. RCID was found to outperform RAID in terms of detection rate and false alert rate, and had a 25% lower false alert rate when incorporating contextual data. This improvement suggests that if RCID were to be implemented in a Traffic Management Centre, operators would be distracted by far fewer false alerts from contexts than is currently the case with state of the art algorithms, and so could detect incidents more effectively.
230–242
Evans, Jonny
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Waterson, Ben
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Hamilton, Andrew
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Evans, Jonny
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Waterson, Ben
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Hamilton, Andrew
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Evans, Jonny, Waterson, Ben and Hamilton, Andrew (2020) A random forest incident detection algorithm that incorporates contexts. International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research, 18, 230–242. (doi:10.1007/s13177-019-00194-1).

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Abstract

A major problem faced by state of the art incident detection algorithms is their high false alert rates, which are caused in part by failing to differentiate incidents from contexts. Contexts are referred to as external factors that could be expected to influence traffic conditions, such as sporting events, public holidays and weather conditions. This paper presents RoadCast Incident Detection (RCID), an algorithm that aims to make this differentiation by gaining a better understanding of conditions that could be expected during contexts’ disruption. RCID was found to outperform RAID in terms of detection rate and false alert rate, and had a 25% lower false alert rate when incorporating contextual data. This improvement suggests that if RCID were to be implemented in a Traffic Management Centre, operators would be distracted by far fewer false alerts from contexts than is currently the case with state of the art algorithms, and so could detect incidents more effectively.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 July 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 August 2019
Published date: 2020
Venue - Dates: 15th World Conference on Transport Research, India, 2019-05-26 - 2019-05-31

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Local EPrints ID: 433700
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433700
PURE UUID: 44f1a02a-d4f3-492b-978b-8552036ce09f
ORCID for Ben Waterson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9817-7119

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Date deposited: 30 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 08 May 2020 00:26

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