Recurrent neural network in context-free next-location prediction

Location prediction is a critical building block in many location-based services and transportation management. This project explores the issue of next-location prediction based on the longitudinal movements of the locations individuals have visited, as observed from call detail decords (CDR). In a nutshell, we apply recurrent neural network (RNN) to next-location prediction on CDR. RNN can take in sequential input with no restriction on the dimensions of the input. The method can infer the hidden similarities among locations and interpret the semantic meanings of the locations. We compare the proposed method with Markov and a Naive Model proving that RNN has better accuracy in location prediction.