Computer Simulation in Urban Research

by John P. Crecine

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Restricting the term "computer simulation" to models which are surrogates for real-world urban processes, this paper discusses those developed for use in two major areas of emerging research: (1) urban growth, development, and spatial location; and (2) local government decisionmaking. It also considers two hybrid efforts aimed at simulating a synthesis of economic, political, and administrative elements of an urban system. The future in the area of decisionmaking appears bright, since progress is being made in the technology for translating abstract ideas, concepts, and symbols into computer language. In the area of urban research, however, a lack of data is limiting development.

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