Title: Graph entropy as tool for understanding complex urban networks. The case of Ensenada city, Mexico

Authors: Antonio Aguilera; Edgardo Ugalde

Addresses: El Colegio de San Luis, A.C., Parque de Macul 155, Fracc. Colinas del Parque, C.P. 78299, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico ' Instituto de Física, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Av. Manuel Nava 6 Zona Universitaria, C.P. 78290, San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Abstract: Spatial structure of cities is the substratum over which human urban life develops. Understanding the relevance of the streets that form such substratum is fundamental to understand the movements of people in the city. Our purpose in this study is to propose and explore methods to find relevant streets sets that conforms the basis of complex urban networks. We used two methods based on previous work by Volchenkov and Blanchard (2008) and Shetty and Adibi (2005), and a method developed by us. To illustrate the use of these tools, we performed an analysis of the main streets network of the coastal city of Ensenada, Mexico.

Keywords: graph entropy; urban structures; complex urban networks; Mexico; spatial structures; streets; street networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSS.2014.059927

International Journal of Society Systems Science, 2014 Vol.6 No.1, pp.87 - 99

Published online: 24 May 2014 *

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