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A measure of regional influence with the analytic network process


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  • Banai, Reza
  • Wakolbinger, Tina
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    The metropolitan region is commonly defined by a socio-spatial network of urban nodes that are linked in territory and function. Such a network is differentiated by size and dominance of the linked nodes, characterized by physical or virtual flows of a wide-ranging variety. The analytic network process (ANP) is a multi-criteria analytic method that measures the influence or dominance of the nodes in a network with feedback. We illustrate how ANP determines county rank as a measure of influence in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) defined by its interrelated socio-economic and spatial elements qualitatively and quantitatively. We compare the ANP results to similar measures of regional influence in the literature.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Socio-Economic Planning Sciences.

    Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 165-173

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:45:y:2011:i:4:p:165-173

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    Keywords: Regional influence Analytic network process (ANP) Regional analysis methods Networks Flows Metropolitan statistical area (MSA);


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