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Rank-Size Convexity and System Integration: A View from Archaeology

Gregory A. Johnson
Economic Geography
Vol. 56, No. 3 (Jul., 1980), pp. 234-247
Published by: Clark University
DOI: 10.2307/142715
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/142715
Page Count: 14
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Rank-Size Convexity and System Integration: A View from Archaeology
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Abstract

Settlement rank-size distributions are shown to vary from primate through lognormal to convex. Archaeological and historical data are used to suggest that rank-size convexity can be attributed to low system integration. Both convex and primate distributions are discussed in terms of scale and boundary problems, and a statistical definition of system integration is used to suggest a process for the development of log-normal distributions.

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