SpringerBriefs in Geography

The Science of Cities and Regions

Lectures on Mathematical Model Design

Authors: Wilson, Alan

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A ‘science of cities and regions’ is critical for meeting future challenges. The world is urbanising: huge cities are being created and are continuing to grow rapidly. There are many planning and development issues arising in different manifestations in countries across the globe. These developments can, in principle, be simulated through mathematical computer models which provide tools for forecasting and testing future scenarios and plans. These models can represent the functioning of cities and regions, predicting the spatial demography and the economy, the main flows such as journey to work or to services, and the mechanisms of future evolution. In this book, the main principles involved in the design of this range of models are articulated, providing an account of the current state of the art as well as future research challenges.

Alan Wilson has over forty years working with urban and regional models and has contributed important discoveries. He has distilled this experience into what serves as both an introduction and a review of the research frontier. Topics covered include the Lowry model, the retail model, principles of account-based models and the methods rooted in Boltzmann-style statistical modelling and the Lotka-Volterra approach to system evolution. Applications range from urban and regional planning to wars and epidemics.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Models and Systems: The Lowry Model as an Example

    Wilson, Alan

    Pages 1-11

  • The Retail Model and its Applications

    Wilson, Alan

    Pages 13-20

  • Wars, Epidemics, Ecology and the Evolution of Spatial Structure: Connecting Models Through Generalisation

    Wilson, Alan

    Pages 21-31

  • Theory

    Wilson, Alan

    Pages 33-41

  • Methods: The Model-Building Tool Kit

    Wilson, Alan

    Pages 43-54

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
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Softcover $49.95
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2265-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Science of Cities and Regions
Book Subtitle
Lectures on Mathematical Model Design
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2266-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2266-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-2265-1
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 102
Number of Illustrations and Tables
31 b/w illustrations
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