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On Some Analytical Statistics for Geographic Patterns: From Non-linearity to Linearity

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Author(s): Jean H. P. Paelinck

Journal: Investigaciones Regionales
ISSN 1695-7253

Issue: 21;
Start page: 11;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Complexity | concentration | patterns

ABSTRACT
In Getis and Paelinck (L’Espace Géographique, 2004, No 1) someanalytical indices for geographic patterns were proposed; one of them was a Chaitin conditional complexity index, c, based on the observed coordinates. This index was reanalyzed, and showed a large variability as a function of those coordinates.A new index of «peakiness», p, is proposed, tested, and applied to French data relating to «upper» employment in 37 areas of the Rhône-Alpes region (centered around Lyons).
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