Paths though Toronto

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    Routing 30,000 randomly-chosen trips through the paths suggested by 10,000 randomly-chosen geotags. These are perhaps the most interesting routes between the endpoints of the trips, even if not necessarily the most likely.

    Data from the Twitter streaming API, August, 2011. Base map from OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA.

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    1. tribe12_mook 39 months ago | reply

      Some information seems absent as there is not much representation of traffic along the Queensway and Gardiner Expressway. Is it because only a few suicidal types tweet while driving? There is no traffic along the GO Lakeshore Line which is strange since it is the most used of Toronto's commuter rail lines. Is it because trips have one end well outside the city limits? Queen West is unbelievably heavy for such a narrow street. Maybe more people in the cafés tweet? This seems likely as the heaviest lines are place where people go to socialize like the Danforth and Bloor West.

    2. Eric Fischer 39 months ago | reply

      As I said in the description, it's what would hopefully be the most interesting route to take between two places, not necessarily the most practical or more most likely route. And yes, you're right, trips that begin or end outside the area of the map are not accounted for, which can definitely skew the volumes.

    3. tribe12_mook 39 months ago | reply

      Despite the limits of this method, it certainly moves forward a really great idea. It's refreshing to think about cities in ways beyond the usual petty politics.

    4. Turniposaurus 38 months ago | reply

      This is a really cool idea.

    5. andyscamera 38 months ago | reply

      Very cool indeed.

    6. arudwick 38 months ago | reply

      how does your algorithm decide if the person is using transit or driving, walking or bicycling and route according?

    7. Eric Fischer 38 months ago | reply

      In some cases you can guess from the speed at which someone is traveling what kind of transportation they are using, but I didn't make any attempt at that in this image. All geotags are treated the same here without regard to mode.

    8. pascolo 33 months ago | reply

      hello, i am very interested in ordering poster size prints of several of these maps for my home but am unable to order any from this set. can you please help. Thanks for your time.

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