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Abstract: This paper serves as an exploration of the Modifiable Areal Unit
Problem (MAUP) for professionals and researchers investigating neighborhood effects. It
begins with a literature review that explores the MAUP and its relevance to an
understanding neighborhood effects. Next it compares four different approaches to defining
neighborhood boundaries by testing five variables aggregated to ... read morethose boundaries. The
results show wide variation in aggregated values, in support of claims that the MAUP exists
in neighborhood effects research. The results also demonstrate that researchers need to be
cognizant of the impact of the MAUP on analysis of neighborhood effects.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Barbara Parmenter.
Committee: Laurie Goldman.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Geographic information science and