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Title: Modeling multilevel data in traffic safety: A bayesian hierarchical approach
Authors: Chin, H.C. 
Huang, H.
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Chin, H.C.,Huang, H. (2008). Modeling multilevel data in traffic safety: A bayesian hierarchical approach. Transportation Accident Analysis and Prevention : 53-106. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: In the study of traffic system safety, statistical models have been broadly applied to establish the relationships between the traffic crash occurrence and various risk factors. Most of the existing methods, such as the generalized linear regression models, assume that each observation (e.g. a crash or a vehicle involvement) in the estimation procedure corresponds to an individual situation. Hence, the residuals from the models exhibit independence. Problem: However, this "independence" assumption may often not hold true since multilevel data structures exist extensively because of the data collection and clustering process. Disregarding the possible within-group correlations may lead to production of models with unreliable parameter estimates and statistical inferences. Method: Following a literature review of crash prediction models, this study proposes a 5×T-level hierarchy, viz. (Geographic region level - Traffic site level - Traffic crash level - Driver-vehicle unit level - Vehicle-occupant level) ×Time level, to establish a general form of multilevel data structure in traffic safety analysis. To model properly the potential betweengroup heterogeneity due to the multilevel data structure, a framework of hierarchical models that explicitly specify multilevel structure and correctly yield parameter estimates is employed. Bayesian inference using Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm is developed to calibrate the proposed hierarchical models. Two Bayesian measures, viz. the Deviance Information Criterion and Cross-Validation Predictive Densities, are adapted to establish the model suitability. Illustrations: The proposed method is illustrated using two case studies in Singapore: 1) a crash-frequency prediction model which takes into account Traffic site level and Time level; 2) a crash-severity prediction model which takes into account Traffic crash level and Driver-vehicle unit level. Conclusion: Comparing the predictive abilities of the proposed models against those of traditional methods, the study demonstrates the importance of accounting for the within-group correlations and illustrates the flexibilities and effectiveness of the Bayesian hierarchical approach in modeling multilevel structure of traffic safety data. © 2008 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Transportation Accident Analysis and Prevention
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/84752
ISBN: 9781604562880
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