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"Functions in Belfast central business district display patterns of location- clustered, random, and uniform and these can be explained".

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Geography Course Work. "Functions in Belfast central business district display patterns of location- clustered, random, and uniform and these can be explained". *In a statistical sense, a random pattern results when any point can occur at any location and the positions of points have no effect on other points. Uniform patterns are characterized by each point being as far away as possible from other points. Clustered patterns indicate point patterns with various degrees of concentration. Random functions are usually specialised and are generally not as common (pet shops or jewellers). Uniform functions tend to be more common (newsagents) and as a result they tend to be spread out evenly to allow for a fair share of customers and prevent competition. Clustered functions are found close together (banks, department store), this may be for; *Convenience- less travel to select goods. ...read more.


We then used reduced photocopies for our presentation of results. A separate map was used for each of the six functions. Our field and area of study was the Belfast Central Business District, the boundary streets starting at the gates of R.B.A.I and going right; *College Square East. *Amelia street. *Franklin street. *Victoria street. *High street. *Castle place. *Donegall place. *Wellington place. During our class discussion we made it clear to leave out the following areas; Zone of discard; this is an area formerly regarded as an important part of the C.B.D but now partly derelict. It would include Upper North Street, Lower North Street, Donegall street, Waring Street and Garfield Street. These areas are rarely visited since they have little to offer in terms of shops. ...read more.


Data presentation. On our final six maps for each of the six chosen functions we will mark the centre of gravity. This method used is very simple and it means measuring the distance of the dots (representing each function on the map) from the bottom boundary of the page (representing the boundary of the C.B.D). The distances will be put in a column next to the distances of the same dots from the left boundary of the C.B.D. An average will be found giving two numbers, which will then represent the position of the centre of gravity. (All maps and measurements are to scale). The centre of gravity gives us the position of the 'optimum location' in the C.B.D. Again on our final six maps we intend to use 'Nearest Neighbour' index which is a more complicated method, which gives us a numerical indication of cluster, random, and uniform. Figures lie between 0 and 2-15; 0=entirely clustered. 1=random. 2=uniform. ...read more.

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