The purpose of this study is to examine the development of Italian tourist areas (circoscrizioni turistiche) through a cluster analysis of short time series. The technique is an adaptation of the functional data analysis approach developed by Abraham et al (2003), which combines spline interpolation with k-means clustering. The findings indicate the presence of two patterns (increasing and stable) averagely characterizing groups of territories. Moreover, tests of spatial contiguity suggest the presence of 'space-time clusters'; that is, areas in the same 'time cluster' are also spatially contiguous. These findings appear to be more robust in particular for those series characterized by an increasing trend.
|Numero di pagine||17|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management