Network Analysis of Commuting Flows: A Comparative Static Approach to German Data
Networks and Spatial Economics, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2007
29 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2010 Last revised: 22 Sep 2010
Date Written: August 13, 2007
The analysis of complex networks has recently received considerable attention. The work by Albert and Barabási presented a research challenge to network analysis, that is, growth of the network. The present paper offers a network analysis of the spatial commuting network in Germany. First, we study the spatial evolution of the commuting network over time. Secondly, we compare two spatial interaction model (SIM) specifications, in order to replicate the actual network structure. Our findings suggest that the commuting network appeared to become more dense and clustered, while the SIMs seem to require more sophisticated specifications, in order to replicate such a connectivity structure.
Keywords: complex networks, commuting, infrastructure, dynamics, German districts
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