Randomness and order in the topology of settlement systems.

W. J. Coffey, L. C. Maclean, M. F. Goodchild

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The frequency distribution of settlement links forms the basis of a linear programming methodology which can be utilized to analyze the structure of settlement systems. The resulting index of system topology is compared to a more conventional measure, Geary's contiguity coefficient, which may be applied when the problem is conceptualized as one of spatial autocorrelation on a k-color map. The index of linkage similarity that is introduced appears to have a useful advantage over the Geary measure. The Geary and linkage similarity indices are used to examine the topology of four Canadian and two hypothetical settlement systems.-Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-28
Number of pages9
JournalEconomic Geography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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