Articles 2006: Centrality measures in spatial networks of urban streets

Ref: Crucitti P, Latora V, Porta S (2006), Centrality measures in spatial networks of urban streets, «Physical Review E», 73, 036125.

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We study centrality in urban street patterns of different world cities represented as networks in geographical space. The results indicate that a spatial analysis based on a set of four centrality indices allows an estende visualization and characterization of the city structure. A hierarchical clustering analysis based on the distributions of centrality has a certain capacity to distinguish different classes of cities. In particular, self-organized cities exhibit scale-free properties similar to those found in nonspatial networks, while planned cities do not.