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Theory

  • Alan Wilson
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Abstract

Models are representations of theories. Theories are built out of concepts and a knowledge of these concepts should be part of our tool kit. At the lowest level, these concepts are essentially system descriptors—and many of our model variables fall into this category; at higher levels, they can function as elements of theories which give us a deeper level of understanding. As a framework, we can take Fig. 1.1 from Chap. 1 which sets out the main elements of an urban or regional system and which is repeated here for convenience.

Keywords

Utility Function Market Area Aggregation Problem Spatial System Spatial Interaction Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Spatial AnalysisUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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