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A novel framework to analyze road accident time series data
- Sachin Kumar^{1}Email author and
- Durga Toshniwal^{2}
- Received: 10 March 2016
- Accepted: 17 May 2016
- Published: 26 May 2016
Abstract
Road accident data analysis plays an important role in identifying key factors associated with road accidents. These associated factors help in taking preventive measures to overcome the road accidents. Various studies have been done on road accident data analysis using traditional statistical techniques and data mining techniques. All these studies focused on identifying key factors associated with road accidents in different countries. Road accident is uncertain and unpredictable events which can occur in any circumstances. Also, road accidents do not have similar impacts in every region of the districts. There are chances that road accident rate is increasing in a certain district but it has some lower impact in other districts. Hence, the more focus on road safety should be on those regions or districts where road accident trend is increasing. Time series analysis is an important area of study which can be helpful in identifying the increasing or decreasing trends in different districts. In this paper, we have proposed a framework to analyze road accident time series data that takes 39 time series data of 39 districts of Gujrat and Uttarakhand state of India. This framework segments the time series data into different clusters. A time series merging algorithm is proposed to find the representative time series (RTS) for each cluster. This RTS is further used for trend analysis of different clusters. The results reveals that road accident trend is going to increase in certain clusters and those districts should be the prime concern to take preventive measure to overcome the road accidents.
Keywords
- Road accidents
- Time series
- Data mining
- Clustering
- Trend analysis
Background
Road traffic accident (RTA) is one of the important concerns of research as it involves fatality, personal injuries that can lead to full or partial disability and property damage. A report [1] by World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that there are 1.2 million fatal and about four times injured road accidents every year across the world. Road and traffic safety is a term associated with road accidents. The primary focus of road safety is to provide some preventive measures that can be helpful in reducing RTAs.
Road accident data analysis is an important factor that has been succeeds in identifying different factors associated with road accidents [2–5]. Once the associated road accident factors are identified the corresponding actions can be taken to overcome the accident rate and to apply some preventive measures. Road accident data analysis is mainly based on two categories: statistical techniques and data mining techniques. Various studies on road accident data analysis used traditional statistical techniques [2, 5–9] and data mining techniques [3, 10–14, 18].
Data mining techniques [15, 16] have certain advantages over traditional statistical techniques. Data mining techniques do not require certain assumptions between dependent and independent variables which are required in traditional statistical techniques [7]. Also, data mining techniques is capable of handling large dimensional data whereas statistical techniques have some limitations [3, 13].
The road accidents may have different impact for different type of accidents at different locations [13]. Also, road accidents are also varying district wise and it may happen that certain districts have similar nature of road accidents.
Time series constitute a series of data points collected or sampled at fixed interval. Monthly road accident counts of road accident for a certain period of time also constitute a time series data. The time series data of road accidents is very important to study as it can reveal the future trend of road accidents. This future trend can help in identifying the different regions where the road accidents is tend to increase or decrease so that preventive measures can be taken. This study uses time series data of 39 districts of Gujrat and Uttarakhand states of India. This data is extracted from the road accident data provided by GVK_EMRI [17]. This data consists of 60 monthly counts of road accidents from 5 year duration from Jan-2010 to Dec-2014. It is difficult to analyze all the time series data of 39 districts individually and also based on the assumption that nature and trend of road accidents can be similar in some districts.
In previous work [10], authors tried to remove the heterogeneity in road accident data using data mining techniques and used a framework using clustering and association rule mining techniques that is capable to remove the heterogeneity from road accident data. Those techniques can certainly reveal the hidden factors behind road accidents; but they can not reveal the trend of the road accidents in different locations. In this manuscript, we are trying to elaborate road accident counts data to identify different districts where the trend of accident is increasing throughout the years. So that more focus would be on these districts to overcome the accident trend. In order to do this, we have proposed a framework to analyze road accident time series data that uses both data mining and traditional statistical techniques. This framework inputs the road accident counts for different time series and then normalizes the time series. Further, it performs agglomerative clustering (AGNES) algorithm on 26 districts of Gujrat and 13 districts of Uttarakhand. Further a time series merging algorithm is proposed to find the representative time series (RTS) for each cluster. Finally, trend analysis is performed on every RTS of different clusters.
Data set
The road accident time series data is formed from the road accident data of Gujrat and Uttarakhand districts obtained from GVK-EMRI for the period of 5 years from Jan-2010 to Dec-2014. The 26 time series data were formed for 26 districts of Gujrat state and 13 time series data were formed for 13 districts of Uttarakhand state. Each time series has 60 monthly counts of road accidents for 5 year duration.
Proposed framework
Data preprocessing
Similarity measure for time series
A variety of popular similarity measures [20] are exist such as Euclidean distance, dynamic time warping (DTW), correlation coefficient and triangle distance metric (TDM) similarity measure for time series data. Similarity measure is very useful and important component in clustering time series data. The outcome of similarity measure is a proximity square matrix of n dimension where n is the number of time series. In this study, we consider Euclidean distance, DTW, Pearson correlation coefficient (PCC) and TDM.
Euclidean distance
Dynamic time warping
Triangle distance metric
Hierarchical cluster analysis
CPCC results for different versions of AGNES algorithm
AGNES algorithm | Cophenetic correlation coefficient (CPCC) | ||
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DTW | TDM | Euclidean | |
Single | 0.7378 | 0.7101 | 0.6650 |
Complete | 0.5690 | 0.5124 | 0.5266 |
Average | 0.7949 | 0.7692 | 0.7411 |
Ward | 0.6003 | 0.6306 | 0.6199 |
Weighted | 0.7186 | 0.6916 | 0.6886 |
Median | 0.6602 | 0.6284 | 0.5627 |
Centroid | 0.7630 | 0.7243 | 0.6872 |
Time series merging
Algorithm 1: Algorithm to find representative time series for every cluster
Trend analysis
Least square regression technique [23] is used to fit a trend line on the RTS for each cluster. Least square simply states that it looks for an optimal solution for the overall fit of data such that sum of the squares error (SSE) is least.
Results and discussion
Cluster analysis
Cluster wise distributions of districts
Gujrat_cluster | |
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Cluster1 | Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Bansakantha, Junagadh, Panch Mahals, Vadodara, Sabar Kantha |
Cluster2 | Tapi, Narmada, Porbandar, Kachch, Surendranagar, Gandhi Nagar, Dahod, Amreli, Jamnagar, Anand, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Kheda, Mahasena, Patan, Navsari, Valsad |
Cluster3 | The Dangs |
Uttarakhand_cluster | |
---|---|
Cluster1 | Dehradun, Udhamsinghnagar, Naintal, |
Cluster2 | Almora, Pauri, Pithoragarh |
Cluster3 | Tehri, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar, Champawat |
Cluster4 | Haridwar |
Trend analysis
Trend comparison of RTS using proposed algorithm and average merging algorithm
Gujrat clusters | Uttarakhand cluster | ||||||
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T.S. Id | C1 | C2 | C3 | C1 | C2 | C3 | C4 |
1 | N | P | P | P | P | P | N |
2 | P | P | – | P | N | N | – |
3 | N | P | – | P | P | N | – |
4 | N | P | – | – | – | P | – |
5 | P | P | – | – | – | P | – |
6 | N | N | – | – | – | P | – |
7 | P | P | – | – | – | – | – |
8 | N | P | – | – | – | – | – |
9 | – | P | – | – | – | – | – |
10 | – | P | – | – | – | – | – |
11 | – | P | – | – | – | – | – |
12 | – | P | – | – | – | – | – |
13 | – | P | – | – | – | – | – |
14 | – | N | – | – | – | – | – |
15 | – | N | – | – | – | – | – |
16 | – | N | – | – | – | – | – |
17 | – | P | – | – | – | – | – |
Total P | 3 | 13 | 1 | 3 | 2 | 4 | 0 |
Total N | 5 | 4 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 1 |
PTMA | N | P | P | P | P | P | N |
ATMA | P | N | P | P | P | N | N |
We tried to identify the difference between the clusters formed by AGNES algorithm. One of the differences that were found for Gujrat state is that all the districts with industrial areas have similar accident trends and they all are found in same clusters. Other difference is that districts which have more number of villages are in same clusters, and also they have different accident trends. A district “The Dangs” from Gujrat state which is also the smallest district is the only district in its cluster. Similarly, “Haridwar” district which is a famous pilgrimage place in India is also an only cluster in its cluster. Other clusters of Uttarakhand districts can be differentiate on the basis of tourist’s locations, Hilly districts and Industrial districts.
Similarly, for Uttarakhand state cluster C1, there is a slight improvement in number of road accidents and trend line shows that this trend will sustain in future time also. The districts in C1 are the industrial districts, which indicates that people are coming to these locations to get the job and hence the population is growing year by year, which results in high traffic and increase in road accidents. Trend for C2 and C3 is almost similar. The districts in C2 and C3 are the hill districts. Most of the road accidents in these areas are vehicle fall from height accidents. It major difference in districts of C2 and C3 is the number of road accidents. C2 has slightly more number of road accidents than C3. The similarity found in road accident nature of C2 and C3 is that in rainy weather the accidents counts increases slightly for both clusters. Also, in summer time, most of the traffic moves to the hill stations. Districts in C2 have more famous hill stations than C3. This may be the reason for more accident counts in C2 than C3. The 4th cluster C4 consists of only one district Haridwar. Although the trend line in Fig. 4d shows slightly decreasing trend for C4 but it has the high peak in the beginning of time series (Jan 2010–Apr 2010). We have identified that reason for this sudden peak which is not available for later years was a famous “KUMBH festival” [24], which is repeated after few years. In this duration, the people from all over India visited Haridwar district for a holy bath in river Ganga [25]. One can assume that a huge traffic coming to the district which certainly results in large number of accidents which has illustrated in Fig. 4d. This festival will again be repeated in Jan 2016–Apr 2016. This means that number of road accidents will definitely be increased for this duration and government should take appropriate preventive measures to overcome the accident rate.
Conclusion and future work
Road accidents are one of the prime factors for untimely death, partial or full disability and property damage, which is unacceptable in any form. Statistical techniques and data mining techniques both are were used in previous studies on road accident data analysis. One of the important factors in road safety analysis is to identify the certain regions where the trends of road accidents are occurring more than others. Time series analysis plays an important role in trend analysis and identifying whether the trend will increase in future also.
Our study focused on time series formation from the road accident monthly counts and then proposing a framework to analyze this time series data to know the trend of road accidents in different districts of Gujrat and Uttarakhand state of India. The framework normalizes the time series data of 39 districts of Gujrat and Uttarakhand states using z-score normalization. Further, average AGNES algorithm using DTW as a distance measure is applied to cluster the districts of Gujrat and Uttarakhand districts separately. This gives us different clusters for both the states in which districts with similar accident nature are clustered together in one group. As it is difficult and time consuming to analyze every time series of every cluster. A time series merging algorithm is also proposed to merge all the time series and form a representative time series for each cluster. Finally, this representative time series algorithm is analyzed using least square regression method. The trend line is plotted over the time series that fits the data using least square regression method. The trend for each cluster is further illustrates that in some cluster road accident trend is increasing across the years, while in some districts there is an increase in road accidents during some special events in those districts. Our future work will focus on developing novel approach using data mining techniques to analyze the different factors associated with road accidents in those districts where the road accident trend is increasing and providing some preventive measure to overcome the accidents.
Declarations
Authors’ contributions
DT contributed for the underlying idea, helped drafting the manuscript and played a pivotal role guiding and supervising throughout, from initial conception to the final submission of this manuscript. SK developed and implemented the idea, designed the experiments, analyzed the results and wrote the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Acknowledgements
The authors thankfully acknowledge the GVK-EMRI to provide data for our research.
Competing interests
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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