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Title: Surveying activity-travel behavior in Flanders: assessing the impact of the survey design
Authors: COOLS, Mario
WETS, Geert
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Brussels: VUBPRESS
Citation: Macharis, C. & Turcksin, L. (Ed.) Proceedings of the BIVECG-GIBET Transport Research Day 2009: vol. II, p. 727-741
Abstract: Ever since car ownership and car use started to increase in Western Europe and the USA, transportation planners attempted to model people's travel behavior. In the context of the Feathers project a dynamic activity-based travel demand framework is developed for Flanders. In this paper, the copmplete survey design of the data collection effort required for such dynamic activity-based model is discussed. A mixed survey design of using a PDA application on the one hand, and using traditional paper and pencil diaries on the other hand, turns out to be a very suitable way of collecting detailed information aboutplanned and executed activity-travel behavior of households. The results show that no attrition effects are present, not on the number of out-of-home activities reported, nor on the number of trips reported. Moreover, the survey mode (PDA versus paper and pencil) has no direct impact on the quantities investigated. Notwithstanding, it is essential for further analysis on the Feathers data to explicitly take into account mode effects because of two reasons. First, the effect of explanatory variables can be influenced by the survey mode. Second, the variance in the estimation of the quantity investigated can differ significantly. Heterocedtisc linear regression models provide the required framework to explicitly take into account these mode effects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/10488
ISSN: 978-90548-7580-2
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
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