First published in 1970, this groundbreaking investigation into Entropy in Urban and Regional Modelling provides an extensive and detailed insight into the entropy maximising method in the development of a whole class of urban and regional models.
The book has its origins in work being carried out by the author in 1966, when he realised that the well-known gravity model could be derived on the basis of an analogy with statistical, rather than Newtonian, mechanics. Subsequent investigation demonstrated that the entropy maximising method stems from an even higher level of generality, and the beginning of the book is devoted to an account of its importance and use as a general modelling tool.
This reissue will be welcomed by a range of students and professionals from fields as diverse as urban and regional studies, economics, geography, planning, civil engineering, mathematics and statistics.
Table of Contents
1. What is Entropy? 2. Transport Models: The Theory of Trip Distribution, Mode Split and Route Split 3. Interrogational Commodity Flows 4. Location Models 5. Problems of Missing or Additional Information in Flow or Location Models 6. The Use of Entropy in the Analysis of Utility-Maximising Systems 7. Entropy, Social Physics and General Systems Theory 8. Some Conclusions