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Formulating a General Spatial Segregation Measure

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Most traditional segregation measures, such as the index of dissimilarity D, fail to distinguish spatial patterns effectively. Previously proposed spatial measures modifying D suffer from several shortcomings. This article describes a general spatial segregation index based upon the concept of composite population counts, which are derived from grouping people in neighboring areas together to account implicitly for spatial interaction of groups across unit boundaries. The suggested spatial index can overcome the disadvantages of previous indices and can assess the spatial extent of the segregated clusters. The results offer a more comprehensive depiction of spatial segregation of a region.
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Keywords: composite population counts; interaction; neighborhood definition; spatial extent; spatial segregation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: George Mason University, Fairfax

Publication date: 2005-05-01

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