In this chapter, we discuss the use of gravity models in the study of spatial structure. Using the recent discussion on functional polycentricity as a background, we argue that the gravity model approach has one obvious advantage when examining spatial structure: it can simultaneously assess functional polycentricity and spatial interdependencies within one modelling framework. The chapter concludes with a discussion of methods that can be applied to estimate the gravity model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Mathematics of Urban Morphology
Editors Luca D'Acci
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-12381-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-12380-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameModeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology
ISSN (Print)2164-3679
ISSN (Electronic)2164-3725

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