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Maxp Regionalization

Authors:Sergio Rey,Xin Feng

The maxp problem involves the clustering of a set of geographic areas into the maximum number of homogeneous regions such that the value of a spatially extensive regional attribute is above a predefined threshold value. The spatially extensive attribute can be specified to ensure that each region contains sufficient population size, or a minimum number of enumeration units. The number of regions \(p\) is endogenous to the problem and is useful for regionalization problems where the analyst does not require a fixed number of regions a-priori.

Originally formulated as a mixed-integer problem in Duque, Anselin, Rey (2012), maxp is an NP-hard problem and exact solutions are only feasible for small problem sizes. As such, a number of heuristic solution approaches have been suggested. PySAL implements the heuristic approach described in Wei, Rey, and Knaap (2020).

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Python implementation: CPython
Python version       : 3.9.1
IPython version      : 7.18.1

Compiler    : GCC 9.3.0
OS          : Linux
Release     : 4.15.0-132-generic
Machine     : x86_64
Processor   : x86_64
CPU cores   : 4
Architecture: 64bit

import warnings
import geopandas as gpd
import libpysal
import numpy

import sys
from spopt import MaxPHeuristic as MaxP
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
plt.rcParams['figure.figsize'] = [12, 8]

Mexican State Regional Income Clustering

To illustrate maxp we utilize data on regional incomes for Mexican states over the period 1940-2000, originally used in Rey and Sastré-Gutiérrez (2010).

We can first explore the data by plotting the per capital gross regional domestic product (in constant USD 2000 dollars) for each year in the sample, using a quintile classification:

pth = libpysal.examples.get_path('mexicojoin.shp')
mexico = gpd.read_file(pth)

for year in range(1940, 2010, 10):
    ax = mexico.plot(column=f'PCGDP{year}', scheme='Quantiles', cmap='GnBu', edgecolor='grey', legend=True)
    _ = ax.axis('off')

In general terms, the north-south divide in incomes is present in each of the 7 decades. There is some variation in states moving across quintiles however, and this is true at both the bottom and top of the state income distribution.

To develop a holistic view of the Mexican space economy over this timespan, we can try to form a set of spatially connected regions that maximizes the internal socieconomic levels of the states belonging to each region.

Pooled Regionalization

To develop our holistic view, we can treat the six cross-sections as a multidimensional array and seek to cluster 32 Mexican states into the maximum number of regions such that each region as at least 6 = 32 // 5 states and homogeneity in per capita gross regional product over 1940-2000 is maximized.

We first define the variables in the dataframe that will be used to measure regional homogeneity:

attrs_name = [f'PCGDP{year}' for year in range(1940,2010, 10)]

Next, we specify a number of parameters that will serve as input to the maxp model.

A spatial weights object expresses the spatial connectivity of the states:

w = libpysal.weights.Queen.from_dataframe(mexico)

The remaining arguments are the minimum number of states each region must have (threshold):

threshold = 6

and the number of the top candidate regions to consider when assigning enclaves (top_n):

top_n = 2

We create the attribute count which will serve as the threshold attribute which we add to the dataframe:

mexico['count'] = 1
threshold_name = 'count'

The model can then be instantiated and solved:

model = MaxP(mexico, w, attrs_name, threshold_name, threshold, top_n)
mexico['maxp_new'] = model.labels_
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mexico.plot(column='maxp_new', categorical=True,  edgecolor='w')

The model solution results in five regions, three of which have six states, and two with seven states each. Each region is a spatially connected component, as required by the maxp problem.

Change threshold to min of 3 states per region

model = MaxP(mexico, w, attrs_name, threshold_name, threshold, top_n)
mexico['maxp_3'] = model.labels_
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5 3
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7 4
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ax = mexico.plot(column='maxp_3', categorical=True, edgecolor='w')
_ = ax.axis('off')

Year-by-Year Regionalization (Threshold=5 states)

for year in attrs_name:

    model = MaxP(mexico, w, year, threshold_name, 5, top_n)
    lab = year+'labels_'
    mexico[lab] = model.labels_
    ax = mexico.plot(column=lab, categorical=True, edgecolor='w')
    _ = ax.axis('off')