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Statistical mechanics for analytic planning: an application to domestic air traffic in China


  • Hans Huber


Statistical mechanics proves useful when assessing the topology of many large-scale networks, including infrastructure. One objective would be to modify the pattern of capacity expansion inside a system. Airports are spatially distributed and they need to respond to potential demand that they face locally. Airlines that control the system through airport hubs are identified as agents. A relationship between these hubs and the system-wide level of variance in traffic flows can be established. It is shown how intervention on selected hubs would reduce negative traffic variance while enhancing a more balanced, less costly growth of the system itself.

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  • Hans Huber, 2009. "Statistical mechanics for analytic planning: an application to domestic air traffic in China," International Journal of Management and Network Economics, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(4), pages 378-393.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijmnec:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:378-393

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