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Computer simulation of household activity scheduling

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Gärling, Tommy; Kalen, Tomas; Romanus, Joakim; Selart, Marcus; Vilhelmson, Bertil

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Abstract An operational model of household activity scheduling is proposed. The model is based on a theory entailing behavioral principles of how persons acquire, represent, and use information from and about the environment. Choices of destinations and departure times are consequences of the scheduling of a set of activities to be executed in a given time cycle. Illustrative computer simulations of the operational model show realistic effects of work hours, living in or outside the center, and travel speed. Several necessary improvements of the theory and operational model are discussed, such as incorporating learning effects and choice of travel mode for home-based trip chains. Strategies outlined for empirical tests include comparisons with existing models, psychological experiments illuminating basic assumptions, and the use of geographical information systems to process travel-diary data for single cases.
Keywords computer; simulation; learning success; experimental psychology; activation; social adjustment; social behavior; behavior analysis; behavior; influence; behavior pattern; private household; social environment; information processing; psychology; travel; time management; planning; time
Classification Social Psychology
Document language English
Publication Year 1998
Page/Pages p. 665-679
Journal Environment and Planning A, 30 (1998)
ISSN 0308-518X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike