Calibration and Validation

  • Martin Treiber
  • Arne Kesting


Drivers in different countries have different driving styles, drive different types of vehicles, and are subject to different traffic regulations. This means, models need to be adapted to the situations they are to describe by varying their parameters (calibration). Furthermore, it must be verified that this procedure is successful (validation). After introducing the mathematical principles behind calibration, we discuss nonlinear optimization and give hints of how to run a calibration task. We explain the various calibration methods by means of example and also discuss the necessary data preparation. Finally, we introduce validation techniques and point to interpretation pitfalls and the limits of the predictive power of models.


Objective Function Kalman Filter Traffic Flow Lane Change Little Square Error 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Wirtschaft und VerkehrTU DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.TomTom Development Germany GmbHBerlinGermany

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