Introduction to Urban Models

The first session comprised an introduction to urban modelling. Essentially this introduced the term model across many different types as well as the model building process. I skipped a number of sections which I would like you to study. If you load the first lecture in the session, then look at the last few slide pages on the relationships between prices and distance and see what you think about how good the fit is. It’s terrible statistically but does it show anything? Think about the limitations of statistical fitting in terms of your intuition about the nature of the relationship. In the second lecture of the session, we skipped the sections 4 and 5 on dynamics and ABM, disaggregation. Have a quick look at these; and don’t forget to read Lowry’s Short Course in Model Design which is a must for this course.

About Michael Batty

I chair CASA at UCL which I set up in 1995. I am Bartlett Professor In UCL.
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