Delimiting service area using adaptive crystal-growth Voronoi diagrams based on weighted planes: A case study in Haizhu District of Guangzhou in China

Jue Wang, Mei Po Kwan, Lin Bing Ma

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Abstract

Most existing methods for service area delimitation are sensitive to the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP) since the census data used to account for the socioeconomic context are tied to discrete census tracts. This paper presents an innovative Voronoi diagrams method - adaptive crystal-growth Voronoi diagrams based on weighted planes - to address this issue. The method uses weighted raster planes to represent continuous socioeconomic attributes. It adaptively adjusts the crystal-growth speed based on real-time results of the weight of each grown area. A case study of service area delimitation for 34 middle schools in Haizhu District of Guangzhou, China is used to demonstrate its value. The results indicate that the adaptive crystal-growth Voronoi diagrams produced superior results on addressing the socioeconomic context when compared to four other methods for delimiting service areas of public facilities. Furthermore, the method mitigates the MAUP since it is based on estimated continuous socioeconomic weighted planes and no arbitrary areal units are used. It is a superior tool for delimiting service areas of public facilities which are highly dependent on the distribution of socioeconomic attributes (e.g., fire stations, ambulance dispatching sites, waste recycling centres, and many others) and it is also applicable to many other fields of spatial optimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-119
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Geography
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Delimiting service area
  • Socioeconomic context
  • Spatial optimization
  • Spatial partitioning
  • Voronoi diagrams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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