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Structural evolution of China's air transport network

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2 Author(s)
Huihui Mo ; Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China ; Jiaoe Wang

This paper analyzed the structure of air transport network of China (ATNC) during 1952-2008 based on the Network Theory. First, the paper identified the allometric growth of ATNC, and the fluctuating growth of nodes (cities) and edges (airlines or city-pairs). Second, the dynamic statistical properties of the ATNC were observed with indices: degree distribution, average path length, and clustering coefficient. Degree distribution shows the long-tail characteristics with high-degree nodes. The small average path length and the high clustering coefficient indicate that the ANTC has gradually developed to a small-world network. In summary, the paper gave an analysis on the evolution process of ATNC, and provided an experimental base for designing theoretical evolution models.

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Transportation, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering (TMEE), 2011 International Conference on

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16-18 Dec. 2011