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Urban Planning With The Aid Of Factor Analysis Approach: The Case Of Isfahan Municipality


  • Iman NOSOOHI

    () (Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, 84156-83111, Iran)


    () (Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, 84156-83111, Iran)


Nowadays municipalities play an important role in offering urban services to the citizens. To investigate performance of regional municipalities, different data on living situation must be considered. Thus, we face a multivariate analysis. In this research regarding capabilities of "Factor Analysis" technique in the area of multivariate analysis, we used this technique to construct latent factors for comparison of different districts of a city. Along these lines we examined the real case of Isfahan municipality. Isfahan is a major city in Iran. The results of our analysis show that instead of evaluating different variables in each region we can concentrate on two simple and informative criteria representing common welfare situation and development situation in each region. The proposed approach shows which factors are more important for each region of the city and how different regional municipalities can apply cost effective policies to improve their performance.

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  • Iman NOSOOHI & Ali ZEINAL - HAMADANI, 2011. "Urban Planning With The Aid Of Factor Analysis Approach: The Case Of Isfahan Municipality," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 6(1), pages 56-69, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:terumm:v:6:y:2011:i:1:p:56-69

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    Regional Municipalities; Multivariate Analysis; Factor Analysis; Isfahan.;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics


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