Kangaroos, Cities and Space: A First Approach to the Australian Urban System (2008#15)
Australia conforms a unique urban system. This paper examines the Australian urban system using data for urban centres and localities in 1996 and 2001. A summary and a basic descriptive analysis of the database is provided, followed by an examination of whether the system follows Zipfâ€™s and Gibratâ€™s laws. The latter is found to hold for all but one of the especifiactions used while the former does not seem to apply. A Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) as well as a confirmatory analysis are carried out to analyize the spatial dimension of city size and growth, finding no relation for the former but a significant one for the latter.Â
Australian urban system, Zipfâ€™s Law, Gibratâ€™s Law, ESDA
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