Regional analysts are often faced with the task of forecasting future flows. The ability to carry out such a task is often limited to a reliance on either a Markovian assumption or other techniques that use only one or two observed flow matrices. This paper explores alternative methods that may be used to combine the information contained in an observed temporal sequence of flow matrices. Information theoretic principles, lag structures, and constant causative matrix operators are among the techniques discussed. These methods are applied and evaluated using inter-regional migration flow data for the United States.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)