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A Multivariate Analysis Of The Space Syntax Output For The Definition Of Strata In Street Security Surveys


  • Enrico di Bella

    () (DIEM, University of Genoa, Italy)

  • Luca Persico

    () (DIEM, University of Genoa, Italy)

  • Matteo Corsi

    () (Associazione Kallipolis, Trieste, Italy)


Although the connection between crime and urban layout is generally evident, surveys inquiring that relationship are often facing two different problems: areas with high criminality are often inhabited by partially elusive populations (being stowaways) and the urban structure (e.g. length and width of streets) quickly changes even after a few corners. In this work a combination of two techniques well known in their specific field is proposed to define a simple two-stages sampling design. Space Syntax is a set of measurements which are done on the topographic maps of a town with the division of all the roads into segments, called axes. Using multivariate techniques, these axes can be classified on the basis of a homogeneity criterion obtaining the strata for a two-stages sampling design

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  • Enrico di Bella & Luca Persico & Matteo Corsi, 2011. "A Multivariate Analysis Of The Space Syntax Output For The Definition Of Strata In Street Security Surveys," DEP - series of economic working papers 5/2011, University of Genoa, Research Doctorate in Public Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:gea:wpaper:5/2011

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    Factor Analysis; Geodetic networks; Street security surveys; Space Syntax; Urban axes;

    JEL classification:

    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure

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