Mathematical modeling of behavior


Date Topic Assignment Files
Group assignment
Sep 17 Introduction to the case studies None Instructions 1
Example of data and model files
Presentation 1
Sep 24 Binary Logit I None Instructions 2
Airline Itinerary Choice (Boeing)
Choice-Lab Marketing
Mode Choice (Netherlands)
Residential Telephone Services
Mode Choice (Optima)
Presentation 2
Oct 1 Binary Logit II Work on 1st assignement
Instructions 3
Hints for the 1st assignment
Presentation 3
Oct 8 Biogeme output Work on 1st assignement
Hand in Friday, Oct. 11th at noon
Peer-review instructions for Session 6
Oct 15 Multinomial Logit None Instructions 5
Airline Itinerary Choice (Boeing)
Oct 22 Multinomial Logit II Peer review presentations on the 1st assignent Peer-to-peer review schedule
Oct 29 MNL specification testing I None Instructions 7
Airline Itinerary Choice (Boeing)
Nov 5 MNL specification testing II None Instructions 8
Optima dataset
Nov 12 Validation and forecasting introduction None Instructions 9
Forecasting example
Nov 19 Forecasting and price optimization Work on 2nd assignement Instructions 10
Forecasting and price optimization example
Nov 26 Nested Logit and Cross-Nested Logit I Working on 2nd assignement
Hand in Friday, Nov. 29th at noon
Instructions 11
Residential Telephone Services
Dec 3 Nested Logit and Cross-Nested Logit II None Peer-review instructions for Session 13
Dec 10 Mixtures of models Peer review presentations on the 2nd assignent Instructions 13 (Homework)
Dec 17 Session for answering questions None

Data sets descriptions

Name Description
Transportation Mode Choice in the Netherlands [pdf]
Choice-Lab Marketing [pdf]
Residential Telephone Services [pdf]
Swissmetro [pdf]
Airline Itinerary Choice (Boeing) [pdf]
Mode choice in Switzerland (Optima) [pdf]


Biogeme official homepage
Short introduction to Biogeme
Tutorial Biogeme v1.8


The students must hand in 2 assignments during the semester:
  • Binary Logit (Friday, Oct. 11th)
  • Forecasting and price optimization (Friday, Nov. 29th)

  • The exercices and assignements are organized in groups of 4 students. The groups will be determined by the teaching assistants with a random process and communicated via email to enrolled participants.

    There are two exercise sessions for each assignment. The following documents must be sent by email to the assistants before Friday at noon after the second exercise session:

  • Maximum 1 double-sided page of assignment in PDF or Word format
  • Model specification in .mod (text) format
  • The HTML output file of the results

  • There are two sessions dedicated to presentations of the peer review process oucome. Each group will be asked to give a short presentation to provide feedback on another group's assignment.


    Tuesday 08:15-10:00
    Tuesday 10:15-12:00



    Final exam

    Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014