Forecasting Traffic Flow in Big Cities Using Modified Tucker Decomposition

  • Manish Bhanu
  • Shalini Priya
  • Sourav Kumar Dandapat
  • Joydeep Chandra
  • João Mendes-Moreira
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11323)


An efficient traffic-network is an essential demand for any smart city. Usually, city traffic forms a huge network with millions of locations and trips. Traffic flow prediction using such large data is a classical problem in intelligent transportation system (ITS). Many existing models such as ARIMA, SVR, ANN etc, are deployed to retrieve important characteristics of traffic-network and for forecasting mobility. However, these methods suffer from the inability to handle higher data dimensionality. The tensor-based approach has recently gained success over the existing methods due to its ability to decompose high dimension data into factor components. We present a modified Tucker decomposition method which predicts traffic mobility by approximating very large networks so as to handle the dimensionality problem. Our experiments on two big-city traffic-networks show that our method reduces the forecasting error, for up to 7 days, by around 80% as compared to the existing state of the art methods. Further, our method also efficiently handles the data dimensionality problem as compared to the existing methods.


ODM CP decomposition Tucker Time-series CUR Traffic flow 



This work is funded by Project “TEC4Growth - Pervasive Intelligence, Enhancers and Proofs of Concept with Industrial Impact/NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000020”, a project financed by North Portugal Regional Operational Programme (NORTE 2020), under the PORTUGAL 2020 Partnership Agreement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manish Bhanu
    • 1
  • Shalini Priya
    • 1
  • Sourav Kumar Dandapat
    • 1
  • Joydeep Chandra
    • 1
  • João Mendes-Moreira
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyPatnaIndia
  2. 2.LIAAD - INESC TEC, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

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