An initial exploration of a lacunarity-based segregation measure Academic Article uri icon


  • It has been recognized that urban residential segregation is a scale-dependent phenomenon, and yet all existing structural or spatial indices measure only certain dimensions of segregation at one single scale. Inspired by new metrics developed by landscape ecologists to measure landscape heterogeneity, in this paper we explore the feasiblity of a multiscale, lacunarity-based segregation measure. We also develop a straightforward GIS-based procedure to calculate this new measure. Our initial simulation results show that lacunarity is an effective measure that can capture multiple dimensions of segregation patterns at multiple scales.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, X. B., & Sui, D. Z.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Wu, XB||Sui, DZ

publication date

  • June 2001