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Optimal zoning systems for spatial interaction models


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  • S Openshaw
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    The design of zoning systems for spatial interaction models is a major problem which affects both the interpretation and acceptability of these models. This paper demonstrates that zoning-system effects on parameter values and model performances are nontrivial, and that their magnitude is far larger than was previously thought likely. An approach which is most appropriate in an applied context, where there is also the problem of poor model performance, is to identify a zoning system which will approximately optimise model performance. The paper gives details of how this may be achieved. This method is demonstrated by a series of empirical studies. Finally, there is a brief discussion of the general implications for spatial model building.

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    Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

    Volume (Year): 9 (1977)
    Issue (Month): 2 (February)
    Pages: 169-184

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    Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:9:y:1977:i:2:p:169-184

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    1. Cörvers Frank & Hensen M. & Bongaerts D., 2006. "The Delimitation and Coherence of Functional and Administrative Regions," ROA Research Memorandum 002, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
    2. Alex Hagen-Zanker & Ying Jin, 2011. "Adaptive zoning and its effectiveness in spatial economic activity simulation," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1036, European Regional Science Association.
    3. Luis Martínez & José Viegas & Elisabete Silva, 2009. "A traffic analysis zone definition: a new methodology and algorithm," Transportation, Springer, vol. 36(5), pages 581-599, September.
    4. Herrera Gómez, Marcos & Mur Lacambra, Jesús & Ruiz Marín, Manuel, 2011. "¿Cuál matriz de pesos espaciales?. Un enfoque sobre selección de modelos
      [Which spatial weighting matrix? An approach for model selection]
      ," MPRA Paper 37585, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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