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Statistical mechanics for analytic planning: an application to domestic air traffic in China

Hans Huber

International Journal of Management and Network Economics, 2009, vol. 1, issue 4, 378-393

Abstract: Statistical mechanics proves useful when assessing the topology of many large-scale networks, including infrastructure. One objective would be to modify the pattern of capacity expansion inside a system. Airports are spatially distributed and they need to respond to potential demand that they face locally. Airlines that control the system through airport hubs are identified as agents. A relationship between these hubs and the system-wide level of variance in traffic flows can be established. It is shown how intervention on selected hubs would reduce negative traffic variance while enhancing a more balanced, less costly growth of the system itself.

Keywords: airport planning; power law distribution; preferential attachment; de-peaking; transport networks; statistical mechanics; analytic planning; domestic air traffic; China; traffic flows; traffic variance. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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