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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 940624, 10 pages
Research Article

Transportation Mode Detection Based on Permutation Entropy and Extreme Learning Machine

1School of Computer Science and Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China
2School of Computer Science and Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China

Received 14 August 2015; Revised 3 October 2015; Accepted 8 October 2015

Academic Editor: Michael Small

Copyright © 2015 Lei Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With the increasing prevalence of GPS devices and mobile phones, transportation mode detection based on GPS data has been a hot topic in GPS trajectory data analysis. Transportation modes such as walking, driving, bus, and taxi denote an important characteristic of the mobile user. Longitude, latitude, speed, acceleration, and direction are usually used as features in transportation mode detection. In this paper, first, we explore the possibility of using Permutation Entropy (PE) of speed, a measure of complexity and uncertainty of GPS trajectory segment, as a feature for transportation mode detection. Second, we employ Extreme Learning Machine (ELM) to distinguish GPS trajectory segments of different transportation. Finally, to evaluate the performance of the proposed method, we make experiments on GeoLife dataset. Experiments results show that we can get more than 50% accuracy when only using PE as a feature to characterize trajectory sequence. PE can indeed be effectively used to detect transportation mode from GPS trajectory. The proposed method has much better accuracy and faster running time than the methods based on the other features and SVM classifier.