The Topology of Transportation Networks: A Comparison Between Different Economies

This paper presents an analysis of the topology of transportation networks within different systems of cities. Urban entities and their components are complex systems by their nature; there is no central force that affects their spatial structure. Thus, this research studies transportation networks within different countries as complex networks. Based on the above, cities are considered as nodes, while direct air and railway routes represent the links. Characteristics are presented of these networks including their degree and clustering coefficient. Transportation networks can be used as an indicator of economic activity between cities. Cities with strong economic relationship are characterized by high volume of connectivity. The findings suggest that the topology of the analyzed transportation networks can be used to classify the countries they belong to based on their economic development.

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    • Blumenfeld-Lieberthal, Efrat
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 427-458
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  • Accession Number: 01148053
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 15 2010 6:22PM