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The Hidden Characteristics of Land-Use Mix Indices: An Overview and Validity Analysis Based on the Land Use in Melbourne, Australia

by 1,2, 1 and 2,3,*
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School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Key Laboratory of Digital Simulation in Architecture and Urban-Rural Spatial Design in Universities of Shandong, Jinan 250101, China
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School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shandong Jianzhu University, Jinan 250101, China
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Academic Editor: Luca Salvati
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1898; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041898
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 29 January 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Geography and Sustainability)
The land-use mix index is a way to quantify the mixture of land-use patterns. Due to practical limitations, few studies have highlighted the validity of land-use mix indices. This paper aims to explore the potential characteristics of land-use mix indices using a three-step screening method. The data precision of indices was concluded after the first-step screening. A total of 10 virtual blocks and 217 blocks in Melbourne city center served as a case study and reflected the various land-use structures. The randomized controlled comparative trial was incorporated into the second- and third-screening to indicate the applicable condition and validity. The results illustrate that the value Herfindahl–Hirschman index related to the diversity of land-use types. The results also confirmed that Dissimilarity index-I was significantly associated with the balance status of the land-use mix. Entropy index reflects the evenness but did not correlate to the diversity or balance of the land-use mix. In addition, the study also provides a set of general recommendations for the application conditions of land-use mix indices. View Full-Text
Keywords: land-use mix index; three-step screening method; randomized controlled trial; Melbourne land-use mix index; three-step screening method; randomized controlled trial; Melbourne
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Jiao, J.; Rollo, J.; Fu, B. The Hidden Characteristics of Land-Use Mix Indices: An Overview and Validity Analysis Based on the Land Use in Melbourne, Australia. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1898. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041898

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Jiao J, Rollo J, Fu B. The Hidden Characteristics of Land-Use Mix Indices: An Overview and Validity Analysis Based on the Land Use in Melbourne, Australia. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1898. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041898

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Jiao, Jiacheng, John Rollo, and Baibai Fu. 2021. "The Hidden Characteristics of Land-Use Mix Indices: An Overview and Validity Analysis Based on the Land Use in Melbourne, Australia" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1898. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041898

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