An empirical framework for user mobility models: Refining and modeling user registration patterns

Jinpyo Hong, Hwangnam Kim

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In this paper, we examine user registration patterns in empirical WLAN traces, identify elusive patterns that are abused as user movements in constructing empirical mobility models, and analyze them to build up a realistic user mobility model. The examination shows that about 38-90% of transitions are irrelevant to actual user movements. In order to refine the elusive movements, we investigate the geographical relationships among APs and propose a filtering framework for removing them from the trace data. We then analyze the impact of the false-positive movements on an empirical mobility model. The numerical results indicate that the proposed framework improves the fidelity of the empirical mobility model. Finally, we devise an analytical model for characterizing realistic user movements, based on the analysis on the elusive user registration patterns, which emulates elusive user registration patterns and generates true user mobile patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-883
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Computer and System Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2010-0014060), in part by the IT R&D program of MKE/KEIT [KI001822, Research on Ubiquitous Mobility Management Methods for Higher Service Availability], and in part by the KCC (Korea Communications Commission), Korea, under the R&D program supervised by the KCA (Korea Communications Agency) (KCA-2011-09913-04003).


  • 802.11
  • Empirical mobility model
  • Network performance
  • WLAN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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