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Prof. Qiming Zhou Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Network Analysis What is network? Why use networks?**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Network Analysis What is network? Why use networks? Network data structure Network data models Network analysis capabilities Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Prof. Qiming Zhou What is network? Much of the economic and social activity of the world is organised into networks. The form, capacity and efficiency of these networks have a substantial impact on our standard of living and affect perception of the world around us. Networks also exist in the physical world, e.g. networks of streams and rivers. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Examples of networks rail network (MTR) road and highway network (KMB)**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Examples of networks rail network (MTR) road and highway network (KMB) electricity network (CLP) telephone network (PCCW) pile line network (Water Supplies Department) air transportation network (Cathay Pacific) parcel delivery network (DHL Courier) street network (Emergency Services, Police Department, etc.) Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Questions that require use of network**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Questions that require use of network What is the best route from a location to a given destination? Where should I locate a service centre? Which centre serves a particular location? How accessible is a location to other locations? How many trips will be generated between origins and destinations? Given street addresses, how can I map occurrence of given events on a street map? Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Network data structure**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Network data structure A network can be represented digitally by nodes and links. Nodes represent intersections, interchanges and confluence points. Links represent transportation facility segments between nodes. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Nodes and links Node Link 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Nodes and links 1 2 3 4 Node 5 6 7 8 Link 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Topological classification of networks**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Topological classification of networks Planar networks: No links intersect except at nodes e.g. road and highway networks Non-planar networks: Links intersect e.g. Airline networks Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Network classification and applications**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Network classification and applications Networks Planar networks Non-planar network Paths Trees Circular Cells Linear flows Linear barriers Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Network level of details**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Network level of details The fine level is nearly identical to the actual street network The medium level corresponds to transportation planning practice The coarse level only represents the arterial roads 3636 2033 2035 2039 2065 2051 12 11 Medium level network Fine level network Coarse level network Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Link versus node based approaches**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Link versus node based approaches Most networks are entered as line graphs in a vector GIS and attribute data is recorded with links rather than with nodes. Example for link description include traffic load, capacity of the road segment, etc. The link based approaches is not entirely suitable for applications that deal directly with nodes in a network. A typical example is the air passenger volume between cities where there is no direct link (multiple routes). Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Network data models Network Links**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Network data models Network Links linear entities through which movement and communications takes place (e.g. road segment) Network Nodes end points of network links (e.g. towns, cities, etc) Stops locations visited in a path (e.g. customers on a delivery route) Centres discrete locations where there exists a supply or attraction (e.g. shopping centres, airports, fire stations) Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Turns represent relationships between network links**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Turns represent relationships between network links can affect movement through a network (e.g. a right hand turn against on-coming traffic takes more time than proceeding straight through) There are n2 possible turns at every network node, where n is the number of links connected at that node. Even at a node with a single link, it is possible to make one u-turn. Left Right U-turn Straight transition Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Prof. Qiming Zhou Links Link Attributes attributes describing links (e.g. one- or two-way, number of lanes, etc.) Link Impedance the cost of moving on a network link, usually given in terms of time or money cost or a generalised cost The impedance depends on the direction of travel 70 sec 45 sec 60 sec Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Prof. Qiming Zhou Link demand the level of the resource that is associated with a particular network link. e.g. the number of school children residing on a street (link demand) which are assigned to a centre (school). The children who live along the streets of the network utilise the resources of the school, creating a link demand 5 children 2 children 3 children School Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Prof. Qiming Zhou Centres Supply: total quantity of resource available to satisfy the demand associated with links of network Maximum Impedance: is the maximum total impedance that may be encountered between the centre and the end of any allocated sequence of links Maximum impedance = 15 5 8 10 2 6 3 7 1 Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Analysis capabilities**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Analysis capabilities Location/Allocation optimally locating a set of objects so that variable or variables will achieve a maximum or minimum value Routing finding shortest (or cheapest or quickest) route between locations Accessibility providing an aggregate measure of how accessible a location is to other locations Address Matching finding spatial locations based on address descriptions Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Location/allocation The problem to be addressed Private sector**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Location/allocation The problem to be addressed Private sector e.g. optimum location of a factory for minimising the cost of getting products to consumers e.g. optimum locations of warehouses in territory for minimising transportation costs Public sector Ordinary services: health, education and welfare facilities Emergency services: medical, ambulance, police, fire, vehicle breakdown services Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Meaning of most accessible**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Meaning of most accessible A location pattern is most acceptable to people when: the total of the distances of all people from their closest facility is minimum (aggregate distance minimisation criterion). the farthest distance of people from their closest facility is minimum (minimax distance criterion). the number of people in the proximal area surrounding each facility is approximately equal (equal assignment criterion). the number of people in the proximal area surrounding each facility is always greater than a specified number (threshold constraint criterion). the number of people in the proximal area surrounding each facility is never greater than a specified number (capacity constraint criterion). Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Location Single source location problems**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Location Single source location problems find a location from which the sum of the distances to all other points is least (median of the graph). Multi-facility location problems Minimising average distance Minimising the maximum distance to closest supply centre Minimising the number of centres required for every demand point to be within a critical distance of a supply point Minimising average distance subject to a maximum distance constraint Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Site demand-supply analysis**

Network Analysis

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**Allocation Which centre serves a particular link?**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Allocation Which centre serves a particular link? Two criteria are used for allocation: supply: amount of resource a facility (centre) has available demand: amount of the resource demanded on the links or nodes Allocation works by assigning demand to a centre until the demand matches the supply of the centre. e.g. A school (centre) has a quantity of spaces available for children. The number of children living on each street form the demand. Streets are assigned to the school until the total number of children on those streets equals the number of available spaces. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Service area School 2 School 1 5 8 10 2 6 3 7 1**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Service area 5 8 10 2 6 3 7 1 School 1 School 2 Service Area of School 1 Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Service area analysis Network Analysis

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**Routing with unordered stops**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Routing with unordered stops (Also known as postman problem) How to cover all the streets in the route and return back to the starting point with as little travelling as possible. This is the problem of finding the shortest route for the postman so that he traverses each link at least once and returns to his starting node. F 8 9 7 A B 3 2 1 6 4 5 E D C Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Routing with ordered stops**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Routing with ordered stops 2 1 3 4 5 6 Stops (Also known as travelling salesman problem) to call at each town before returning home. This is the problem of finding a route that minimises the total distance (or time or cost) needed to visit all the towns in his district. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Optimum route analysis**

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Prof. Qiming Zhou Accessibility Accessibility provides an aggregate measure of how accessible a location is to other locations. It can be defined as the ease of participating in activities. Types of accessibility measures: Topological accessibility: states whether two points in space are physically connected by a transport system thus enabling movement to take place between them. Relative accessibility: a measure of the degree of connectivity or accessibility between places. Integral accessibility: measures the accessibility of a site to a number of other sites or activities. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Measuring accessibility**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Measuring accessibility Relative accessibility Integral accessibility i 1 2 3 4 i j e.g. travel time to nearest health clinic distance to Central Business District e.g. mean travel time to all health clinics in the region mean distance to all other zones Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Computing origin accessibility**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Computing origin accessibility The basic principle is that the effect of one location on another is directly proportional to its supply (attractiveness) and inversely proportional to its distance Destination M1 M2 A B Origin 0.5 0.7 1.6 2.1 Attraction M1 M2 3.0 5.0 Production A B 2 3 The distance between the origins A and B and destinations M1 and M2 in kilometres To compute accessibility, each market is given an index of how attractive it is and the population (or production) at each location is determined Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Computing origin accessibility**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Computing origin accessibility Assume a distance decay exponent of 2, the accessibility of A to M1 is computed as: attractiveness index of market centre (distance between location and market)2 The total accessibility can be expressed as: where Pi is the accessibility at point i Wj is the attractiveness of location j dij is the distance between location i and j is the exponent for distance decay n is the number of locations in the region Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Prof. Qiming Zhou Spatial interaction How accessible is one location to all other locations? Computing interaction Interaction = production attractiveness (distance between origin and destination)2 Destination M1 M2 A B Origin 24.0 20.4 3.5 3.4 The raw interactions between the two locations A and B and centres M1 and M2 result in a 2 by 2 matrix. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Prof. Qiming Zhou Address matching Address can be interpreted to give approximate spatial location on a network. Spatial locations can be interpreted based on the street names assigned to the links and street numbers recorded at nodes. The technique is widely used in, for example, direct marketing, crime control, and supply and demand analysis. Network Analysis Network Analysis

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**Display of matched cases**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Display of matched cases Network Analysis Network Analysis

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Map of Incidents Crime cases Traffic accidents Network Analysis

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**Summary Much of our life involves network problems.**

Prof. Qiming Zhou Summary Much of our life involves network problems. GIS network analysis attempts to solve network problems using network data model, which is composed of nodes and links with variables such as centre, stop, impedance, supply and demand. Typical network analysis functions include: Location/allocation Routing Accessibility Address matching Network Analysis Network Analysis

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