The increasing popularity of machine learning in transportation research raises questions regarding its advantages and disadvantages compared to conventional logit-family models used for travel behavioral analysis. We provide a comprehensive comparison between logit models and machine learning by examining the key differences in model development, evaluation, and behavioral interpretation in mode-choice modeling. We find that There appears to be a tradeoff between predictive accuracy and behavioral soundness when choosing between machine learning and logit models in mode-choice modeling.
Key words: machine learning, logit model, travel mode choice
Zhao, X., Yan, X., Yu, A., Van Hentenryck, P. (2020). . [Download Preprint]. Travel Behavior and Society, 20, 22-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2020.02.003 (Won the 2020 Outstanding Paper Award)