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Python package for detecting stop locations in mobility data

This package implements the algorithm described in, for detecting stop locations in time-ordered location data.

Infostop is useful to anyone who wishes to detect stationary events in location coordinate streams. It is, thus, a framework to simplify dense and rich location time-series into sequences of events.


Given a location trace such as:

>>> data 
array([[ 55.75259295,  12.34353885 ],
       [ 55.7525908 ,  12.34353145 ],
       [ 55.7525876 ,  12.3435386  ],
       [ 63.40379175,  10.40477095 ],
       [ 63.4037841 ,  10.40480265 ],
       [ 63.403787  ,  10.4047871  ]])

Or with time information

>>> data 
array([[ 55.75259295,  12.34353885, 1581401760 ],
       [ 55.7525908 ,  12.34353145, 1581402760 ],
       [ 55.7525876 ,  12.3435386 , 1581403760 ],
       [ 63.40379175,  10.40477095, 1583401760 ],
       [ 63.4037841 ,  10.40480265, 1583402760 ],
       [ 63.403787  ,  10.4047871 , 1583403760 ]])

A stop location solution can be obtained using:

>>> from infostop import Infostop
>>> model = Infostop()
>>> labels = model.fit_predict(data)

Alternatively, data can also be a list of numpy.arrays, in which case it is assumed that list elements are seperate traces in the same space. In this multi segment (or multi user) case, Infostop finds stop locations that are shared by different segments.

Solutions can be plotted using:

>>> from infostop import plot_map
>>> folmap = plot_map(model)
>>> folmap.m

Plotting this onto a map:


For more examples and full documentation check out the documentation page (DOCUMENTATION IS OUTDATED).


  • Simplicity: At its core, the method works by two steps. (1) Reducing the location trace to the medians of each stationary event and (2) embedding the resulting locations into a network that connects locations that are within a user-defined distance and clustering that network.
  • Multi-trace support: Currently, no other libraries support clustering multiple traces at once to find global stop locations. Infostop does. The image above visualizes stop locations at a campus for a population of almost 1000 university students.
  • Flow based: Spatial clusters correspond to collections of location points that contain large amounts of flow when represented as a network. This enables the recovery of locations where traces slightly overlap.
  • Speed: First the point space is reduced to the median of stationary points (executed in a fast C++ module), then spatially neighboring points connected using a Ball search tree algorithm, and finally the network is clustered using the C++ based Infomap program. For example, clustering 100.000 location points takes about a second.


pip install infostop


Python package for detecting stops in trajectory data




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