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Repository for paper "Building(s and) cities:Delineating urban areas with a machine learning algorithm", by Dani Arribas-Bel, Miquel-Angel Garcia-Lopez and Elisabet Viladecans
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Building(s and) Cities

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Repository for the paper "Building(s and) cities: Delineating urban areas with a machine learning algorithm", forthcoming in the Journal of Urban Economics.



If you use the code and/or data in this repository, we would appreciate if you could cite the original paper as:

  title={Building(s and) cities: 
         Delineating urban areas with a machine learning algorithm},
  author={Arribas-Bel, Daniel and 
          Garcia-L\`{o}pez, Miquel-\'{A}ngel and
          Viladecans-Marsal, Elisabet},
  journal={Journal of Urban Economics},

Interactive Map

You can explore the city delineations in the interactive map (click on the image):



City and employment centre boundary delineations are available as open data at:

Computational Platform

The analysis in this repository was performed on machines running the gds_env platform, v3.0. The project's website is available at:

And you can install the version used for this projec by first installing Docker (the community edition, CE, works fine) and then running:

docker pull darribas/gds:3.0

You can read more background about platforms like gds_env in Chapter 1 of the upcoming book in Geographic Data Science.

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