Modern tourism in the 21st century is facing numerous challenges. Among these the rapidly growing number of tourists visiting space-limited regions like historical cities, museums and bottlenecks such as bridges is one of the biggest. In this context, a proper and accurate prediction of tourism volume and tourism flow within a certain area is important and critical for visitor management tasks such as sustainable treatment of the environment and prevention of overcrowding. Static flow control methods like conventional low-level controllers or limiting access to overcrowded venues could not solve the problem yet. In this paper, we empirically evaluate the performance of state-of-the-art deep-learning methods such as RNNs, GNNs, and Transformers as well as the classic statistical ARIMA method. Granular limited data supplied by a tourism region is extended by exogenous data such as geolocation trajectories of individual tourists, weather and holidays. In the field of visitor flow prediction with sparse data, we are thereby capable of increasing the accuracy of our predictions, incorporating modern input feature handling as well as mapping geolocation data on top of discrete POI data.
* Accepted for publication at the proceedings of the 5th International
Data Science Conference - iDSC2023. arXiv admin note: substantial text
overlap with arXiv:2206.13274
Hyperparameter tuning is a fundamental aspect of machine learning research. Setting up the infrastructure for systematic optimization of hyperparameters can take a significant amount of time. Here, we present PyHopper, a black-box optimization platform designed to streamline the hyperparameter tuning workflow of machine learning researchers. PyHopper's goal is to integrate with existing code with minimal effort and run the optimization process with minimal necessary manual oversight. With simplicity as the primary theme, PyHopper is powered by a single robust Markov-chain Monte-Carlo optimization algorithm that scales to millions of dimensions. Compared to existing tuning packages, focusing on a single algorithm frees the user from having to decide between several algorithms and makes PyHopper easily customizable. PyHopper is publicly available under the Apache-2.0 license at https://github.com/PyHopper/PyHopper.
Modern tourism in the 21st century is facing numerous challenges. One of these challenges is the rapidly growing number of tourists in space limited regions such as historical city centers, museums or geographical bottlenecks like narrow valleys. In this context, a proper and accurate prediction of tourism volume and tourism flow within a certain area is important and critical for visitor management tasks such as visitor flow control and prevention of overcrowding. Static flow control methods like limiting access to hotspots or using conventional low level controllers could not solve the problem yet. In this paper, we empirically evaluate the performance of several state-of-the-art deep-learning methods in the field of visitor flow prediction with limited data by using available granular data supplied by a tourism region and comparing the results to ARIMA, a classical statistical method. Our results show that deep-learning models yield better predictions compared to the ARIMA method, while both featuring faster inference times and being able to incorporate additional input features.
* Accepted for publication at the IJCAI'22 Workshop AI for Time Series