Spatial Patterns of Residential Segregation: A Generative Model


Flávia F. Feitosa (
Joshua Reyes (
Walter E. Zesk (


Residential segregation emerges from the interaction of many individuals and displays makedly different global patterns depending on specific socioeconomic contexts. This paper presents a generative model of socioeconomic segregation that reproduces regular macro-patterns of the phenomenon through the specification of a minimal amount of parameters driving the agent’s behaviour. The purpose of these experiments is to provide insights about the emergence of certain types of segregation patterns that have been identified in many modern cities and measure the relation between these distinct outputs and the degree of segregation they produce.

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