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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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Analysing segregation using individualised neighbourhoods

Analysing segregation using individualised neighbourhoods

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Seven (p.135) Analysing segregation using individualised neighbourhoods
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Social-spatial segregation
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John Östh

Bo Malmberg

Eva K. Andersson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301356.003.0007

Current approaches of measuring segregation are constrained by data derived from census enumeration units of pre-defined boundaries, and the fact that the measures cannot reflect individual experience in the neighbourhood. This chapter suggests an approach to derive neighbourhoods for each individual. A program EquiPop was developed to construct neighbourhoods for each individual at various geographical scales in terms of k-nearest neighbour. Then traditional segregation indices (entropy and isolation) can use these population counts derived from individualised neighbourhoods to evaluate segregation. The approach was demonstrated using the register data of several Swedish cities.

Keywords:   individualised neighbourhoods, scale effect, EquiPop

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