Abstract or Description
Millions of unconscious calculations are made daily by pedestrians walking through the Colby College campus. I used ArcGIS to make a predictive spatial model that chose paths similar to those that are actually used by people on a regular basis. To make a viable model of how most travelers choose their way, I considered both the distance required and the type of traveling surface. I used an iterative process to develop a scheme for weighting travel costs which resulted in accurate least-cost paths to be predicted by ArcMap. The accuracy was confirmed when the calculated routes were compared to satellite photography and were found to overlap well-worn “shortcuts” taken between the paved paths throughout campus.
Recommended CitationMcPherson, Alexander ('07) "Developing a Model for Pedestrian Route Selection at Colby," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2006: No. 2, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2006/iss2/5