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Graph Regionalization with Clustering and Partitioning: an Application for Daily Commuting Flows in Albania

BENASSI, FEDERICO and DEVA, MIRELA and ZINDATO, DONATELLA (2015): Graph Regionalization with Clustering and Partitioning: an Application for Daily Commuting Flows in Albania. Published in: Regional Statistics , Vol. 1, No. 5 (July 2015): pp. 25-43.

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Abstract

The paper presents an original application of the recently proposed spatial data mining method named GraphRECAP on daily commuting flows using 2011 Albanian census data. Its aim is to identify several clusters of Albanian municipalities/communes; propose a classification of the Albanian territory based on daily commuting flows among municipalities/communes. Starting from 373 local units, we first applied a spatial clustering technique without imposing any constraining strategy. Based on the input variables, we obtained 16 clusters. In the second step of our analysis, we impose a set of constraining parameters to identify intermediate areas between the local level (municipality/commune) and the national one. We have defined 12 derived regions (same number as the actual Albanian prefectures but with different geographies). These derived regions are quite different from the traditional ones in terms of both geographical dimensions and boundaries.

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