IJPAM: Volume 95, No. 3 (2014)

THE TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL DYNAMICS OF
REGIONAL CITY-SIZE DISTRIBUTION:
AN INDIAN STATE - KERALA (1951-2001)

V. Christopher Amalraj$^1$, A. Subbarayan$^2$
$^1$Department of Community Medicine
SRM Medical College and Research Centre
SRM University
Kattankulathur, 603 203, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
$^2$Department of Computer Applications
SRM University
Kattankulathur, 603 203, Tamil Nadu, INDIA


Abstract. This paper aims at evaluating the temporal and spatial dynamics of City Size Distribution in Kerala, an Indian State for the period 1951-2001.The study is based on a function relating population size to rank and the same is used to test for the trends of deconcentration and spatial decentralization.The expansion methodology is used to investigate the dynamics of rank size function in both temporal and spatial dimensions.Our findings reveals that the size distribution of cities/towns in the state shows an increasing and decreasing pattern and indicating a more even and less even distribution cities/towns populations.The study also indicates that distance from a central city is not a significant factor in any trend towards population deconcentration.

Received: April 15, 2014

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Key Words and Phrases: city-size distribution, Pareto’s law, Zipf’s law, rank-size distribution, expansion method, Spatio temporal models

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DOI: 10.12732/ijpam.v95i3.5 How to cite this paper?

Source:
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
ISSN printed version: 1311-8080
ISSN on-line version: 1314-3395
Year: 2014
Volume: 95
Issue: 3
Pages: 367 - 385


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