Random walks along the streets and canals in compact cities: Spectral analysis, dynamical modularity, information, and statistical mechanics

Dimitri Volchenkov, Ph Blanchard

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Abstract

Different models of random walks on the dual graphs of compact urban structures are considered. Analysis of access times between streets helps to detect the city modularity. The statistical mechanics approach to the ensembles of lazy random walkers is developed. The complexity of city modularity can be measured by an informationlike parameter which plays the role of an individual fingerprint of Genius loci. Global structural properties of a city can be characterized by the thermodynamic parameters calculated in the random walk problem. © 2007 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
StatePublished - Feb 20 2007

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