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Identifying Sub-centres Using Contiguity Matrices

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  • Daniel P. McMillen

    (Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 601 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607, USA, mcmillen@uic.edu)

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This paper presents a simple algorithm for identifying sub-centres using standard properties of contiguity matrices to simplify the identification procedure. Sub-centres are identified for Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. A sub-centre is defined to be a set of contiguous tracts that each have significantly positive residuals in a first-stage non-parametric regression and that together have at least 10 000 employees. The algorithm is also applicable when potential sub-centre sites are identified by other methods, such as minimum employment density cut-offs.

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  • Daniel P. McMillen, 2003. "Identifying Sub-centres Using Contiguity Matrices," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 40(1), pages 57-69, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:40:y:2003:i:1:p:57-69
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