A taxi driving fraud detection system

Yong Ge, Hui Xiong, Chuanren Liu, Zhi Hua Zhou

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Advances in GPS tracking technology have enabled us to install GPS tracking devices in city taxis to collect a large amount of GPS traces under operational time constraints. These GPS traces provide unparallel opportunities for us to uncover taxi driving fraud activities. In this paper, we develop a taxi driving fraud detection system, which is able to systematically investigate taxi driving fraud. In this system, we first provide functions to find two aspects of evidences: travel route evidence and driving distance evidence. Furthermore, a third function is designed to combine the two aspects of evidences based on Dempster-Shafer theory. To implement the system, we first identify interesting sites from a large amount of taxi GPS logs. Then, we propose a parameter-free method to mine the travel route evidences. Also, we introduce routemark to represent a typical driving path from an interesting site to another one. Based on routemark, we exploit a generative statistical model to characterize the distribution of driving distance and identify the driving distance evidences. Finally, we evaluate the taxi driving fraud detection system with large scale real-world taxi GPS logs. In the experiments, we uncover some regularity of driving fraud activities and investigate the motivation of drivers to commit a driving fraud by analyzing the produced taxi fraud data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 11th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2011
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event11th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Dec 11 2011Dec 14 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM
ISSN (Print)1550-4786


Conference11th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2011
CityVancouver, BC


  • Dempster-shafer theory
  • Location traces
  • Taxi driving fraud

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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