Name Drawing Demarcations using Mobile Phone Metadata
Source LIRNEasia
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Description The proposed research seeks to identify communities based on actual communication patterns rather than administrative boundaries. The objective of the proposed research is to contribute to an evidence-based discussion on the optimum demarcations of cities and related public-policy issues, using findings from the analysis of big data from two major mobile operators who have consented to cooperate. A core set of research questions that can be answered using only mobile data will be developed. Given the conclusion of the Sri Lanka census in 2012, best efforts will be made to combine mobile data with census data to obtain richer results. The data will be analyzed using T-Cube, a software package from Carnegie Mellon University that has been used for pattern analysis in previous LIRNEasia research. In addition, software packages currently in use by the mobile operators may be used subject to negotiated conditions.
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Lead Institution LIRNEasia
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Partners Carnegie Mellon University
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Status Pilot
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published