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Taxonomía y representación de los cambios en los municipios españoles


  • Francisco Ruiz González

    () (Dpto. Tecnologías y Sistemas de Información)

  • Francisco José Goerlich Gisbert

    (Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas)


This paper makes a proposal for a taxonomy of boundary changes in Spanish municipalities along time. The different types of changes are organized in a hierarchy, as well as represented in a homogeneous manner, independently of the number of municipalities involved and of the changes suffered. Each alteration is described in a precise and unambiguous way, and it is codified to permit an automatic treatment of the information. In addition to an efficient treatment of the information about municipal changes, a normalized representation facilitates the automatic detection of inconsistencies in public databases. At the same time, the taxonomy allow us to define backward and forward equivalence rules, that helps in the task of generating homogeneous time series about municipal characteristics, like population or surface. Eventually, we offer an application of the proposal to inconsistencies and error detection in the database: Municipal Changes in Population Census from 1842 from the Spanish National Statistical Institute (INE). El presente trabajo realiza una propuesta de categorización de las alteraciones y cambios en los municipios españoles a lo largo del tiempo. Los tipos de cambio se organizan jerárquicamente y se representan de una manera homogénea, válida para todas las situaciones posibles, independientemente del número de municipios afectados y de los cambios que sufren. Cada alteración se describe de forma precisa e inequívoca, y se codifica de manera que permita un tratamiento automático. Además de un tratamiento eficiente de la información, la representación normalizada de las alteraciones facilita la detección automática de incoherencias en los repositorios públicos existentes. Al mismo tiempo, la categorización ha permitido definir reglas de equivalencia hacia delante y hacia atrás en el tiempo, para guiar la generación de series homogéneas de características municipales, como población o superficie. Finalmente, se ofrecen los resultados de la aplicación de la propuesta a la detección de inconsistencias en la base de datos de Alteraciones de los Municipios en los Censos de Población desde 1842 del Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE). DOI:

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  • Francisco Ruiz González & Francisco José Goerlich Gisbert, 2014. "Taxonomía y representación de los cambios en los municipios españoles," Working Papers. Serie EC 2014-01, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  • Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasec:2014-01

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    Cambios municipales; censos de población; series homogéneas; representación normalizada; reglas de equivalencia; criterios de inconsistencia Municipal boundary changes; population census; homogeneous series; standardized representation; equivalence rules; inconsistency criteria;

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    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns

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