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Interaction

  • Oliver Nakoinz
  • Daniel Knitter
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Part of the Quantitative Archaeology and Archaeological Modelling book series (QAAM)

Abstract

Interactions between individuals, places and the natural environment are the driving forces of history. Interaction models map the likeliness or intensity of interaction to certain parameters. The most important class of parameters influencing interaction is the distance between the interacting entities. Distances may be calculated in geographical, economic, cultural or any other space. The relationship between interaction and distance is first addressed with distance graphs and fall-off curves. The combination of different types of distance and different types of distance graphs leads to a wide range of methods, each illuminating a specific facet of interaction. The empirical interaction models are compared with theoretical ones realised by distance decay functions. In addition to distance, gravity models involve the size of the interacting entities.

Keywords

Interaction Spatial interaction Interaction measures Communication Distance decay Distance diagram Gravity model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Nakoinz
    • 1
  • Daniel Knitter
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Excellence Cluster TopoiFreie UniversitätBerlinGermany

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