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On Some Analytical Statistics for Geographic Patterns: From Non-linearity to Linearity


  • Paelinck, Jean H. P.

    (George Mason University. School of Public Policy)


In Getis and Paelinck (L’Espace Géographique, 2004, No 1) someanalytical indices for geographic patterns were proposed; one of them was a Chaitin conditional complexity index, c, based on the observed coordinates. This index was reanalyzed, and showed a large variability as a function of those coordinates.A new index of «peakiness», p, is proposed, tested, and applied to French data relating to «upper» employment in 37 areas of the Rhône-Alpes region (centered around Lyons).

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  • Paelinck, Jean H. P., 2011. "On Some Analytical Statistics for Geographic Patterns: From Non-linearity to Linearity," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 21, pages 11-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0028

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    1. Paelinck, J., 1978. "Spatial econometrics," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 1(1), pages 59-63.
    2. Bernard COUTROT & Jean H.P. PAELINCK & Alain SALLEZ & Ryan SUTTER, 2009. "On Potentialized Partial Finite Difference Equations: Analyzing The Complexity Of Knowledge-Based Spatial Economic Developments," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 29, pages 237-264.
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    Complexity; concentration; patterns;

    JEL classification:

    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General


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