Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (4): 510-519.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201404007

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Network structure of ‘space of flows’ in Jilin Province based on telecommunication flows

DONG Chao1,2, XIU Chunliang2, WEI Ye2   

  1. 1. Institute of Science, Technology and Society, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China;
    2. School of Geographical Science, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China
  • Received:2013-06-28 Revised:2013-11-12 Online:2014-04-20 Published:2014-04-20
  • Supported by:
    Foundation National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41071109

Abstract: Information communication is an important expression of interaction between two cities, and it is also a key element to build the city network. This study proposes to map the network structure of ‘space of flows’ based on the actual observed telecommunication flows, with Jilin Province as the case area. Specifically, the call durations via fixed-line telephone are employed to measure the information flows occurred between cities. The cities at the county level or above are treated as research units. To be reliable, a synthetic method composed of principal component analysis, C-Value and D-Value hierarchy analysis, dominant flow analysis, the minimum spanning tree method is utilized to map out the structure. The research reveals the following aspects. (1) The ‘space of flows’ in Jilin Province is a hierarchical network, which centers on Changchun. In this network, Changchun, Yanji, Tonghua and Gongzhuling are the 1st-level leading cities; Jilin, Baicheng, Baishan, Liaoyuan, Songyuan and Siping are 2nd-level leading cities, and the other cities in Jilin are subordinate cities. (2) Administrative division plays a fundamental role in the formation of the current pattern. (3) Changchun is a unique center, but on the contrary to our previous understanding, Jilin is not that ‘centric’, and the interaction between Changchun and Jilin is not that strong either. (4) Surprisingly, the two cities of Gongzhuling and Dunhua at the county level, play important roles in the network of ‘space of flows’. Gongzhuling tends to be blended in the Changchun metropolitan area, and Dunhua becomes a key node in the eastern Jilin. The regional connectivity functions of the two cities need to be improved. (5) Siping and Lishu, have strong interaction with each other, and are supporting a further integration strategy of the two neighboring cities.

Key words: space of flows, Jilin Province, telecommunication flows, regional networks