Taoran Ji, Kaiqun Fu, Nathan Self, Naren Ramakrishnan


With the rapid growth in urban transit networks in recent years, detecting service disruptions in a timely manner is a problem of increased interest to service providers. Transit agencies are seeking to move beyond traditional customer questionnaires and manual service inspections to leveraging open source indicators like social media for deteting emerging transit events. In this paper, we leverage Twitter data for early detection of metro service disruptions. Inspired by the multi-task learning framework, we propose the Metro Disruption Detection Model, which captures the semantic similarity between transit lines in Twitter space. We propose novel constraints on feature semantic similarity exploiting prior knowledge about the spatial connectivity and shared tracks of the metro network. An algorithm based on the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM) framework is developed to solve the proposed model. We run extensive experiments and comparisons to other models with real world Twitter data and transit disruption records from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to justify the efficacy of our model.

Taoran Ji, Kaiqun Fu, Nathan Self, Chang-Tien Lu, Naren Ramakrishnan: Multi-Task Learning for Transit Service Disruption Detection. ASONAM 2018: 634-641


Kaiqun Fu

Nathan Self

Naren Ramakrishnan

Taoran Ji

Publication Details

Date of publication:
October 25, 2018
IEEE/ACM Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM)
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