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Modelling the Impact of Transit Media on Information Spreading in an Urban Space Using Cellular Automata

Department of Computer Science, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Zolnierska 52 Str., 71-210 Szczecin, Poland
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Symmetry 2019, 11(3), 428; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym11030428
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 14 March 2019 / Accepted: 19 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information Technology and Its Applications 2018)
Information spreading processes are the key drivers of marketing campaigns. Activity on social media delivers more detailed information compared to viral marketing in traditional media. Monitoring the performance of outdoor campaigns that are carried out using this transportation system is even more complicated because of the lack of data. The approach that is presented in this paper is based on cellular automata and enables the modelling of the information-spreading processes that are initiated by transit advertising within an urban space. The evaluation of classical and graph cellular automata models and a coverage analysis of transit advertising based on tram lines were performed. The results demonstrated how the number of lines affects the performance in terms of coverage within an urban space and the differences between the proposed models. While research is based on an exemplary dataset taken from Szczecin (Poland), the presented framework can be used together with data from the public transport system for modelling advertising resources usage and coverage within the urban space. View Full-Text
Keywords: transit advertising; information spreading; diffusion simulation; cellular automata (CA); graph-based cellular automata (GCA); relation-based neighbourhood; data-driven modelling transit advertising; information spreading; diffusion simulation; cellular automata (CA); graph-based cellular automata (GCA); relation-based neighbourhood; data-driven modelling
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Małecki, K.; Jankowski, J.; Szkwarkowski, M. Modelling the Impact of Transit Media on Information Spreading in an Urban Space Using Cellular Automata. Symmetry 2019, 11, 428.

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