Fractal Analysis of Empirical and Simulated Traffic Time Series

  • Thomas ZaksekEmail author
  • Michael Schreckenberg
Conference paper


Time series can show signs of fractal and multi-fractal behaviour. An analysis from this perspective can unearth features of time series that remain hidden for analysis with standard statistics. We analyse the multi-fractal spectra of traffic time series with the help of Multi-fractal Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (MDFA). Empirical time series of traffic flows and velocities measured by loop detectors are compared with time series gathered from traffic simulations. As a second focus, we analyse multi-fractal features of time series from different vehicle classes, i.e. passenger and transport traffic.



Part of the work on this paper has been supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within the Collaborative Research Center SFB 876 ‘Providing Information by Resource-Constrained Analysis’, project B4 ‘Analysis and Communication for the Dynamic Traffic Prognosis’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics of Transport and TrafficUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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