(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

A note on the average density function in urban analysis

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HOLDEN D. (1) ; PARR J.B. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Economics, Univ. of Strathclyde,, Glasgow, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) School of Social and Political Sciences: Urban Studies, Univ., Glasgow, ROYAUME-UNI


It is argued that the density function, commonly used in the study of urban spatial structure, is more appropriately described as the ‘marginal density function’. From such a marginal density function, it is possible to derive two types of average density function, each being concerned with a particular aspect of the spatial structure of population. The first type is consistent with the standard approach to the ‘average’in economic analysis, while the second more completely takes account of the urban context. The two types of average density function are examined for different underlying forms of the marginal density function. Of the two types, the second has a greater applicability than the first in the analysis of urban spatial structure


Article of periodic

published at : Urban studies / ISSN 0042-0980

Editor : Longman Group, Harlow - ROYAUME-UNI (1964)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 50, no14 [pp. 3027-3035]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 2 fig.



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