Which One is Correct, The Map or The GPS Trace

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GPS data is noisy by nature. A typical location-based service would start by filtering out the noise from the raw GPS points that are generated by moving objects. Once the locations of the objects are identified, the location-based service is provided. In this paper, we decide not to throw away the noise. Instead, we consider the noise as an asset. We analyze the various noise patterns under different conditions and region characteristics. More specifically, we focus on one example where a lot of GPS noise is experienced; which is urban canyons. We believe that learning the GPS noise patterns in a supervised environment enables us to discover knowledge about new areas or areas where we have little knowledge. This paper is based on the analysis of GPS traces that are collected from the shuttle service within the Microsoft campuses around Seattle, Washington.

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Proceedings of the 27th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems



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