Choice set imputation in atomistic spatial choice models

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Title: Choice set imputation in atomistic spatial choice models
Authors: Zolfaghari, A
Polak, J
Sivakumar, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Constructing the universal choice set in spatial choice models developed at the level of elemental alternatives (atomistic models) is challenging because disaggregate data on the attributes of nonchosen alternatives are often not available. Even when the disaggregate data on nonchosen alternatives are available, matching two data sources will inevitably be error prone given that they might be collected at different times and they might have different coding for categorical variables. An important practical question in the estimation of such atomistic models, therefore, is how to construct the universal choice set in the absence of disaggregate data on the attributes of the nonchosen alternatives. This paper presents a novel approach for spatial imputation of attributes of nonchosen alternatives for estimation and application of atomistic spatial choice models in the absence of disaggregate data. The proposed approach uses the iterative proportional fitting algorithm to impute the attributes of nonchosen alternatives from aggregated data on elemental alternatives. The proposed method is validated with a Monte Carlo experiment and applied to real data in the London residential location choice context.
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2016
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jan-2016
ISSN: 0361-1981
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Start Page: 138
End Page: 146
Journal / Book Title: Transportation Research Record
Volume: 2564
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/I038837/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Engineering, Civil
Transportation Science & Technology
0905 Civil Engineering
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
1507 Transportation And Freight Services
Logistics & Transportation
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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