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Analysis of wide area user mobility patterns

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3 Author(s)
Simler, K.D. ; California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Czerwinski, S.E. ; Joseph, A.D.

In this paper, we present an analysis of user behavior and mobility patterns based on a trace of accesses to a department e-mail server. In contrast to previous studies, we consider a single service and examine how a user community connects to it while moving across a variety of different service providers' wireless and wired networks. By measuring an e-mail service, one that users access often, we were able to monitor a large number of sessions originating from a diverse set of locations. Our contributions include: a unique approach to extracting user mobility information from traces of client application interactions; a novel approach to modeling user behavior and mobility; and a demonstration of how such models can be used to generate synthetic traces. Overall, although some users are highly mobile, we find most users have a low degree of mobility - 70% of users access their e-mail from 2 or fewer unique locations. We also find that our observed session times are longer than those reported by previous mobility studies in wireless networks.

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Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, 2004. WMCSA 2004. Sixth IEEE Workshop on

Date of Conference:

2-3 Dec. 2004