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A philosophical context for methods to estimate origin-destination trip matrices using link counts.

Timms, P.M. (2001) A philosophical context for methods to estimate origin-destination trip matrices using link counts. Transport Reviews, 21 (3). pp. 269-301. ISSN 1464-5327

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This paper creates a philosophical structure for classifying methods which estimate origin-destination matrices using link counts. It is claimed that the motivation for doing so is to help real-life transport planners use matrix estimation methods effectively, especially in terms of trading-off observational data with prior subjective input (typically referred to as 'professional judgement'). The paper lists a number of applications that require such methods, differentiating between relatively simple and highly complex applications. It is argued that a sound philosophical perspective is particularly important for estimating trip matrices in the latter type of application. As a result of this argument, a classification structure is built up through using concepts of realism, subjectivity, empiricism and rationalism. Emphasis is put on the fact that, in typical transport planning applications, none of these concepts is useful in its extreme form. The structure is then used to make a review of methods for estimating trip matrices using link counts, covering material published over the past 30 years. The paper concludes by making recommendations, both philosophical and methodological, concerning both practical applications and further research.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 Taylor and Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Transport Reviews. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 00:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/713868144
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/713868144
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2510

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