Simulating Settlement Patterns

Team: 18


Area of Science: Urban Problems

Abstract: We will be simulating the patterns of people settling into villages, towns, or cities and then measuring the distribution of settlement sizes (how many cities there are of a certain size)Then we might make it slightly more complicated simulation in which the agents were biased to stop at a square that was already inhabited.

After the simulation has completed, we will then count (hopefully with an automated procedure) how many cities there are of size 1, how many cities there are between size 2 and 10, how many cities between 11 and 100), etc. Once we have this data, we could then plot it on a log-log graph and compare with data about real cities.

Team Members:

  Julia Ottenstein
  Amber Price
  Madeleine Carey

Sponsoring Teacher: Thomas Allen