Examining spatial structure using gravity models

Martijn Burger*, Frank van Oort, Evert Meijers

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    In this chapter, we discuss the use of gravity models in the study of spatial structure. Using the recent discussion on functional polycentricity as a background, we argue that the gravity model approach has one obvious advantage when examining spatial structure: it can simultaneously assess functional polycentricity and spatial interdependencies within one modelling framework. The chapter concludes with a discussion of methods that can be applied to estimate the gravity model.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Mathematics of Urban Morphology
    Editors Luca D'Acci
    Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-12381-9
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-12380-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Publication series

    NameModeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology
    ISSN (Print)2164-3679
    ISSN (Electronic)2164-3725


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