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Christopher D. Lloyd, Ian G. Shuttleworth, and David W. Wong

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301356

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301356.001.0001

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Using a general spatial pattern statistic to evaluate spatial segregation

Using a general spatial pattern statistic to evaluate spatial segregation

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Three (p.45) Using a general spatial pattern statistic to evaluate spatial segregation
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Social-spatial segregation
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David W.S. Wong

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301356.003.0003

Many indices proposed by social scientists to measure segregation have been criticized for their aspatial nature, and spatial measures have been proposed to address this deficiency. However, the actual separations among populations over space are not considered. In this chapter, a newly proposed general measure of spatial patterns based upon proximity was modified to measure racial-ethnic segregation. While the proposed measure shares some conceptual similarities with the proximity index proposed several decades ago, it has a statistical foundation that its value can be tested for significance. This chapter also discusses several conceptual issues in measuring segregation, including the nature of segregation and its relations to clustering.

Keywords:   spatial measures, separation, proximity, clustering

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