Concentration and spatial association of population: An application to Catalonia in the XX century

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Abstract

This paper aims to propose and assess the implementation of a methodological procedure to characterize the population's level of concentration and its spatial association, based on a specially designed concentration measure (IC) and on the spatial association statistics Moran's I and Gi*. This procedure is empirically tested for Catalonia (Spain) during the twentieth century using data from the Nomenclátor of the Population Census. Three main conclusions arise from the results: the suitability of IC as concentration measure, the validity of the Nomenclátor as a data source to study population's distribution, and the significant contribution that the use of spatial statistics makes to the analysis and interpretation of geographic data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-505
JournalEstudios Geograficos
Issue number259
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • Catalonia
  • Population census
  • Population distribution
  • Spatial statistics

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