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Exploring the network structure and nodal centrality of China's air transport network: A complex network approach
Wang, Jiaoe1; Mo, Huihui1,2,3; Wang, Fahui4; Jin, Fengjun1
2011-07-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF TRANSPORT GEOGRAPHY
Volume19Issue:4Pages:712-721
AbstractThis paper paper uses a complex network approach to examine the network structure and nodal centrality of individual cities in the air transport network of China (ATNC). Measures for overall network structure include degree distribution, average path length and clustering coefficient. Centrality metrics for individual cities are degree, closeness and betweenness, representing a node's location advantage as being directly connected to others, being accessible to others, and being the intermediary between others, respectively. Results indicate that the ATNC has a cumulative degree distribution captured by an exponential function, and displays some small-world (SW) network properties with an average path length of 2.23 and a clustering coefficient of 0.69. All three centrality indices are highly correlated with socioeconomic indicators of cities such as air passenger volume, population, and gross regional domestic product (GRDP). This confirms that centrality captures a crucial aspect of location advantage in the ATNC and has important implications in shaping the spatial pattern of economic activities. Most small and low-degree airports are directly connected to the largest cities with the best centrality and bypass their regional centers, and therefore sub-networks in the ATNC are less developed except for Kunming in the southwest and Urumchi in the northwest because of their strategic locations for geographic and political reasons. The ANTC is relatively young, and not as efficient and well-developed as that of the US. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
SubtypeArticle
KeywordAir Transport Network Complex Network Centrality China
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences ; Science & Technology ; Technology
WOS Subject ExtendedBusiness & Economics ; Geography ; Transportation
WOS KeywordSMALL-WORLD NETWORKS ; AIRPORT NETWORK ; PASSENGER TRANSPORT ; TRENDS
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS SubjectEconomics ; Geography ; Transportation
WOS IDWOS:000292427700025
PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
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Cited Times:178[WOS]   [WOS Record]     [Related Records in WOS]
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/68156
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorMo, Huihui
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Reg Sustainable Dev Modeling, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Grad Univ, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
3.China Commun & Transportat Assoc, Beijing 100053, Peoples R China
4.Louisiana State Univ, Dept Geog & Anthropol, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA
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Wang, Jiaoe,Mo, Huihui,Wang, Fahui,et al. Exploring the network structure and nodal centrality of China's air transport network: A complex network approach[J]. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT GEOGRAPHY,2011,19(4):712-721.
APA Wang, Jiaoe,Mo, Huihui,Wang, Fahui,&Jin, Fengjun.(2011).Exploring the network structure and nodal centrality of China's air transport network: A complex network approach.JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT GEOGRAPHY,19(4),712-721.
MLA Wang, Jiaoe,et al."Exploring the network structure and nodal centrality of China's air transport network: A complex network approach".JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT GEOGRAPHY 19.4(2011):712-721.
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