An evolutionary approach to the delineation of functional areas based on travel-to-work flows

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Title: An evolutionary approach to the delineation of functional areas based on travel-to-work flows
Authors: Flórez-Revuelta, Francisco | Casado-Díaz, José M. | Martínez Bernabeu, Lucas
Research Group/s: Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores | Territorio y Movilidad. Mercados de Trabajo y Vivienda
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado
Keywords: Evolutionary computation | Regional science | Economics | Optimization methods
Knowledge Area: Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores | Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: Springer
Citation: FLÓREZ-REVUELTA, Francisco; CASADO-DÍAZ, José Manuel; MARTÍNEZ-BERNABEU, Lucas. “An evolutionary approach to the delineation of functional areas based on travel-to-work flows”. International Journal of Automation and Computing. Vol. 5, Issue 1 (Jan. 2008). ISSN 1476-8186, pp. 10-21
Abstract: This paper presents a new approach to the delineation of local labor markets based on evolutionary computation. The aim of the exercise is the division of a given territory into functional regions based on travel-to-work flows. Such regions are defined so that a high degree of inter-regional separation and of intra-regional integration in both cases in terms of commuting flows is guaranteed. Additional requirements include the absence of overlap between delineated regions and the exhaustive coverage of the whole territory. The procedure is based on the maximization of a fitness function that measures aggregate intra-region interaction under constraints of inter-region separation and minimum size. In the experimentation stage, two variations of the fitness function are used, and the process is also applied as a final stage for the optimization of the results from one of the most successful existing methods, which are used by the British authorities for the delineation of travel-to-work areas (TTWAs). The empirical exercise is conducted using real data for a sufficiently large territory that is considered to be representative given the density and variety of travel-to-work patterns that it embraces. The paper includes the quantitative comparison with alternative traditional methods, the assessment of the performance of the set of operators which has been specifically designed to handle the regionalization problem and the evaluation of the convergence process. The robustness of the solutions, something crucial in a research and policy-making context, is also discussed in the paper.
Sponsor: This work was supported by Spanish National Plan of R+D+i from Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia) for the project Local Labour Markets: New Methods of Delineation and Analysis (No. SEJ2007-67767-C04-02), and the European Social Fund (ESF) and the University of Alicante.
ISSN: 1476-8186 (Print) | 1751-8520 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s11633-008-0010-6
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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