Imperial College London

MrPrateekBansal

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Bansal P, Krueger R, Graham DJ, 2021, Fast Bayesian estimation of spatial count data models, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Vol: 157, Pages: 1-19, ISSN: 0167-9473

Spatial count data models are used to explain and predict the frequency of phenomena such as traffic accidents in geographically distinct entities such as census tracts or road segments. These models are typically estimated using Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation methods, which, however, are computationally expensive and do not scale well to large datasets. Variational Bayes (VB), a method from machine learning, addresses the shortcomings of MCMC by casting Bayesian estimation as an optimisation problem instead of a simulation problem. Considering all these advantages of VB, a VB method is derived for posterior inference in negative binomial models with unobserved parameter heterogeneity and spatial dependence. Pólya-Gamma augmentation is used to deal with the non-conjugacy of the negative binomial likelihood and an integrated non-factorised specification of the variational distribution is adopted to capture posterior dependencies. The benefits of the proposed approach are demonstrated in a Monte Carlo study and an empirical application on estimating youth pedestrian injury counts in census tracts of New York City. The VB approach is around 45 to 50 times faster than MCMC on a regular eight-core processor in a simulation and an empirical study, while offering similar estimation and predictive accuracy. Conditional on the availability of computational resources, the embarrassingly parallel architecture of the proposed VB method can be exploited to further accelerate its estimation by up to 20 times.

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Bansal P, Liu Y, Daziano R, Samaranayake Set al., 2020, Impact of discerning reliability preferences of riders on the demand for mobility-on-demand services, Transportation Letters, Vol: 12, Pages: 677-681, ISSN: 1942-7867

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Zhang N, Graham DJ, Hörcher D, Bansal Pet al., 2020, A Causal Inference Approach to Measure the Vulnerability of Urban Metro Systems, Transportation, ISSN: 0049-4488

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Anupriya A, Graham DJ, Horcher D, Anderson R, Bansal Pet al., 2020, Quantifying the ex-post causal impact of differential pricing on commuter trip scheduling in Hong Kong, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol: 141, Pages: 16-34, ISSN: 0191-2607

This paper quantifies the causal impact of differential pricing on the trip-scheduling of regular commuters using the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong. It does so by applying a difference-in-difference (DID) method to large scale smart card data before and after the introduction of the Early Bird Discount (EBD) pricing intervention. We find statistically significant but small effects of the EBD in the form of earlier departure times. Leveraging the granularity of the data, we also allow for the treatment effect to vary over observed travel characteristics. Our empirical results suggest that fares and crowding are the key determinants of commuter responsiveness to the EBD policy.

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Krueger R, Bansal P, Buddhavarapu P, 2020, A new spatial count data model with Bayesian additive regression trees for accident hot spot identification, ACCIDENT ANALYSIS AND PREVENTION, Vol: 144, ISSN: 0001-4575

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Anupriya, Graham DJ, Carbo JM, Anderson RJ, Bansal Pet al., 2020, Understanding the costs of urban rail transport operations, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Vol: 138, Pages: 292-316, ISSN: 0191-2615

There is considerable variation in the average cost of operations across urban rail transport (or metro) systems. Since metros are typically owned and operated by public authorities, there is a public interest case in understanding the key drivers of their operational costs. This paper estimates short-run cost functions for metro operations using a unique panel dataset from twenty-four metro systems around the world. We use a flexible translog specification and apply dynamic panel generalised method of moments (DPGMM) estimation to control for confounding from observed and unobserved characteristics of metro operations. Our empirical results show that metro systems with a high density of usage are the most cost-efficient. We also find that operational costs fall as metro size increases. These results have important implications for the economic appraisal of metro systems.

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Liu Y, Bansal P, Daziano R, Samaranayake Set al., 2019, A framework to integrate mode choice in the design of mobility-on-demand systems, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol: 105, Pages: 648-665, ISSN: 0968-090X

Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) systems are generally designed and analyzed for a fixed and exogenous demand, but such frameworks fail to answer questions about the impact of these services on the urban transportation system, such as the effect of induced demand and the implications for transit ridership. In this study, we propose a unified framework to design, optimize and analyze MoD operations within a multimodal transportation system where the demand for a travel mode is a function of its level of service. An application of Bayesian optimization (BO) to derive the optimal supply-side MoD parameters (e.g., fleet size and fare) is also illustrated. The proposed framework is calibrated using the taxi demand data in Manhattan, New York. Travel demand is served by public transit and MoD services of varying passenger capacities (1, 4 and 10), and passengers are predicted to choose travel modes according to a mode choice model. This choice model is estimated using stated preference data collected in New York City. The convergence of the multimodal supply-demand system and the superiority of the BO-based optimization method over earlier approaches are established through numerical experiments. We finally consider a policy intervention where the government imposes a tax on the ride-hailing service and illustrate how the proposed framework can quantify the pros and cons of such policies for different stakeholders.

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Bansal P, Hurtubia R, Tirachini A, Daziano RAet al., 2019, Flexible estimates of heterogeneity in crowding valuation in the New York City subway, Journal of Choice Modelling, Vol: 31, Pages: 124-140, ISSN: 1755-5345

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Bansal P, Daziano RA, Sunder N, 2019, Arriving at a decision: A semi-parametric approach to institutional birth choice in India, Journal of Choice Modelling, Vol: 31, Pages: 86-103, ISSN: 1755-5345

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Bansal P, Kockelman KM, Schievelbein W, Schauer-West Set al., 2018, Indian vehicle ownership and travel behavior: A case study of Bengaluru, Delhi and Kolkata, Research in Transportation Economics, Vol: 71, Pages: 2-8, ISSN: 0739-8859

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Bansal P, Daziano RA, Guerra E, 2018, Minorization-Maximization (MM) algorithms for semiparametric logit models: Bottlenecks, extensions, and comparisons, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Vol: 115, Pages: 17-40, ISSN: 0191-2615

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Bansal P, Shah R, Boyles SD, 2018, Robust network pricing and system optimization under combined long-term stochasticity and elasticity of travel demand, Transportation, Vol: 45, Pages: 1389-1418, ISSN: 0049-4488

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Bansal P, Daziano RA, Achtnicht M, 2018, Extending the logit-mixed logit model for a combination of random and fixed parameters, Journal of Choice Modelling, Vol: 27, Pages: 88-96, ISSN: 1755-5345

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Bansal P, Daziano RA, Achtnicht M, 2018, Comparison of parametric and semiparametric representations of unobserved preference heterogeneity in logit models, Journal of Choice Modelling, Vol: 27, Pages: 97-113, ISSN: 1755-5345

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Bansal P, Kockelman KM, 2018, Are we ready to embrace connected and self-driving vehicles? A case study of Texans, Transportation, Vol: 45, Pages: 641-675, ISSN: 0049-4488

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Bansal P, Daziano RA, 2018, Influence of choice experiment designs on eliciting preferences for autonomous vehicles, Transportation Research Procedia, Vol: 32, Pages: 474-481, ISSN: 2352-1465

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Bansal P, Kockelman KM, 2017, Indian Vehicle Ownership: Insights from Literature Review, Expert Interviews, and State-Level Model, Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, ISSN: 1046-1469

<jats:p>This study reviews existing vehicle ownership models for India and describes the results of nine experts’ interviews to gather insights about Indians’ travel patterns and vehicle choices. According to the experts, vehicle price, fuel economy, and brand (in declining importance) are the most decisive factors in Indians’ car purchase choices. This study also estimated household vehicle ownership levels across India’s 35 states using Census 2011 data. The results suggest that states with a higher proportion of computer-owning households and higher share of households living in rural areas with larger household size, ceteris paribus, are likely to have higher car ownership.</jats:p>

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Bansal P, Kockelman KM, 2017, Forecasting Americans’ long-term adoption of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol: 95, Pages: 49-63, ISSN: 0965-8564

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Bansal P, Kockelman KM, Singh A, 2016, Assessing public opinions of and interest in new vehicle technologies: An Austin perspective, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol: 67, Pages: 1-14, ISSN: 0968-090X

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Fagnant DJ, Kockelman KM, Bansal P, 2016, Operations of Shared Autonomous Vehicle Fleet for Austin, Texas, Market, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol: 2563, Pages: 98-106, ISSN: 0361-1981

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Bansal P, Kockelman KM, Wang Y, 2015, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Ownership and Fuel Economy across Texas, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol: 2495, Pages: 53-64, ISSN: 0361-1981

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Bansal P, Agrawal R, Tiwari G, 2014, Impacts of Bus-stops on the Speed of Motorized Vehicles under Heterogeneous Traffic Conditions: A Case-Study of Delhi, India, International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, Vol: 3, Pages: 167-178, ISSN: 2046-0430

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Anupriya, Graham DJ, Bansal P, Hörcher D, Anderson Ret al., Congestion in near capacity metro operations: optimum boardings and alightings at bottleneck stations

During peak hours, metro systems often operate at high service frequencies totransport large volumes of passengers. However, the punctuality of suchoperations can be severely impacted by a vicious circle of passenger congestionand train delays. In particular, high volumes of passenger boardings andalightings may lead to increased dwell times at stations, that may eventuallycause queuing of trains in upstream. Such stations act as active bottlenecks inthe metro network and congestion may propagate from these bottlenecks to theentire network. Thus, understanding the mechanism that drives passengercongestion at these bottleneck stations is crucial to develop informed controlstrategies, such as control of inflow of passengers entering these stations. Tothis end, we conduct the first station-level econometric analysis to estimate acausal relationship between boarding-alighting movements and train flow usingdata from entry/exit gates and train movement data of the Mass Transit Railway,Hong Kong. We adopt a Bayesian non-parametric spline-based regression approachand apply instrumental variables estimation to control for confounding biasthat may occur due to unobserved characteristics of metro operations. Throughthe results of the empirical study, we identify bottleneck stations and provideestimates of optimum passenger movements per train and service frequencies atthe bottleneck stations. These estimates, along with real data on daily demand,could assist metro operators in devising station-level control strategies.

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