Spatial Cluster Analysis Informing Policy Making in Ireland

  • Harutyun ShahumyanEmail author
  • Brendan Williams
  • Walter Foley
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9157)


This research aims to provide a robust evidence base contributing to improving the quality of policy formation from local to national level in Ireland. The distributions of businesses within key economic sectors in Ireland are explored aiming to find clustering effects occurring across the country. The density mapping and hot spot analysis approaches were applied to find statistically significant clusters of companies for specific business sectors. The research was implemented in collaboration with Dublin Regional Authority to inform key policy makers in Ireland. It assists in assessments of the nationwide spatial distribution of economic activities adding to the overall body of evidence on business intensive regions.


Cluster analysis Spatial clusters Hot spots Business clusters Economic activities Decision making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harutyun Shahumyan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brendan Williams
    • 2
  • Walter Foley
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.University College DublinBelfield, Dublin 4Ireland
  3. 3.Eastern and Midland Regional AssemblyDublin 9Ireland

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