Boundaries and clusters in residential segregation

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Social boundaries are potentially important features of the urban landscape.

The frontiers between contrasting neighbourhoods are potential sources of conflict and also of enlightenment and interaction. But such boundaries are rarely truly “closed” – they may have a steep contrast with a particular neighbourhood in one direction, but blend more smoothly into neighbourhoods in other directions. This poses some formidable methodological challenges particularly if one seeks to compute inference for the existence of a boundary. This paper presents a method that addresses these issues using Bayesian spatial statistical methods. We also demonstrate how the estimated boundaries can be used to compute transparent and easy to understand measures of segregation based on distance to social boundary.

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The University of Manchester

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