Prof. Ricardo Hurtubia

University of Chile

April 15, 2013, 10:15, Room GC B3 424 (click here for the map)

Modelling preferences of urban form with latent classes and psychometric indicators

A method to use psychometric indicators in the estimation of latent classes for discrete choice models is presented. An extension of the method is proposed in order to model the preferences for elements of the city that can't be completely described in terms of quantitative attributes, like open/public spaces or street profiles. The method attempts to use latent constructs accounting for qualitative or hard to measure attributes of the alternatives by relating them with the perception of users, captured through psychometric indicators.


Ricardo Hurtubia is assistant professor at the Urbanism Department of the University of Chile. He received his PhD (Mathematics) from EPFL in 2012 and a Master's degree (Transportation Engineering) from the University of Chile in 2006. His research interests include modeling behavior in the urban context and simulation of land use and transportation systems.