Identifying Common Periodicities in Mobile Service Demands with Spectral Analysis
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In this paper, we investigate the existence and prevalence of comparable dynamics in the temporal fluctuations for the traffic demands generated by mobile applications. To this end, we hinge upon a spectral analysis framework, by computing Discrete Fourier Transforms of the typical demands for tens of popular mobile services observed in an operational metropolitan-scale network. We filter, cluster, and analyse hundreds of frequency components, and identify a substantial set of regular patterns that are common across most service demands. We also unveil how several mobile services defy classification, and have instead highly distinguishing temporal dynamics.