2002 volume 29(4) pages 491 – 512

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Benenson I, Omer I, Hatna E, 2002, "Entity-based modeling of urban residential dynamics: the case of Yaffo, Tel Aviv" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 29(4) 491 – 512

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Entity-based modeling of urban residential dynamics: the case of Yaffo, Tel Aviv

Itzhak Benenson, Itzhak Omer, Erez Hatna

Received 6 February 2001; in revised form 14 August 2001

Abstract. The dynamics of the ethnic residential distribution in the Yaffo area of Tel Aviv, which is jointly occupied by Arab and Jewish residents, is simulated by means of an entity-based (EB) model. EB models consider householders as separate entities, whose residential behavior is defined by the properties of the surrounding infrastructure and of other householders. The power of the EB approach lies in its ability to interpret directly different forms of decisionmaker behavior in the model's terms. Several scenarios of residential interactions between members of local ethnic groups are compared on the basis of detailed georeferenced data taken from Israel's 1995 Population Census. The model simulates very closely the residential dynamics during the period 1955 - 95; the importance of the qualitative aspects of residential choice, as captured by the EB approach, is demonstrated by this correspondence.

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