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Accurate rapid simulation of urban traffic using discrete modelling.
  Increasing model complexity has traditionally been viewed as a key way of improving microscopic model accuracy. However, with complexity comes an increase in execution time. In some applications, such as UTC systems, low execution times and a high degree of accuracy are important design objectives. Discrete modelling can allow fast execution times to be attained, but this approach has always been viewed as an inaccurate approach to traffic simulation.

In this paper, we investigate the accuracy of the JUDGE model. This model was developed to be as simple and accurate as possible. Model complexities were only included where the improved accuracy could be justified. This has produced a simple, discrete modelling technique which can rival many traditionally derived microscopic models in accuracy terms, with a simulation speed for entire cities measurably faster than real-time. We give a high-level introduction to the proposed target application of the JUDGE model, its underlying structure, and a summary of some other research into high-speed modelling techniques. We then present out graphical interface to the JUDGE model, and compare results generated by JUDGE to results calculated from theory. We believe that these results show that the JUDGE modelling scheme is sufficiently accurate to be used as a slot-in replacement for many systems currently based on traditional (and significantly slower) microscopic modelling techniques.

  • Type:

    Technical Report

  • Date:

    30 November 1995

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Edinburgh Napier University

  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    003.3 Computer modelling & simulation


Russell, G., Shaw, P. & Ferguson, N. (1995). Accurate rapid simulation of urban traffic using discrete modelling



model accuracy; UTC systems; discrete; traffic simulation; JUDGE model;; accuracy; microscopic modelling;

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