Exploring Regional Variations in “Socio-Spatial” Interaction and Geographic Homophily Using Location-Sharing Services Data

  • Laurie A. SchintlerEmail author
  • Rajendra Kulkarni
  • Kingsley Haynes
  • Roger Stough


This chapter examines how and to what extent there are variations in sub-regional patterns of socio-spatial interaction using a novel methodology. The methodology uses bipartite network modeling combined with spatial statistical and geographically weighted regression analysis. It provides a statistically robust approach for studying regional variations in the relationship between social and spatial interaction at different distance thresholds. The study applies the methods to the Atlanta metropolitan area using a sample of location-sharing services data. While intended as an exploratory analysis, it does provide some evidence that the association between socialization and location behavior and related distance-decay effects are not uniform in space.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurie A. Schintler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rajendra Kulkarni
    • 1
  • Kingsley Haynes
    • 1
  • Roger Stough
    • 1
  1. 1.The Schar School of Policy and GovernmentGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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