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Bimal Kanti Paul and Mitchel Stimers

inverse distance weighting (IDW), another commonly used interpolation procedure, because of a limitation in the IDW algorithm: IDW assumes that the spatial autocorrelation of point values in the area of interest change in a uniform manner, whereas kriging does not assign a universal distance power value, but rather estimates around individual points, producing a more robust surface ( Oliver and Webster 1990 ). Population for the entire damage zone was calculated by intersecting 2010 census block data

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Walker S. Ashley, Stephen Strader, Troy Rosencrants, and Andrew J. Krmenec

has proven limited since the geographic units of aggregation for decennial censuses, the sole measure of accurate historical population and housing counts in the United States, vary from one census to the next. To address this methodological shortcoming, we produced a collection of fine-geographic-scale population and housing data for the Chicago metropolitan region by employing an areal weighting (AW), or proportionate allocation, algorithm similar to those used by the Socioeconomic Data and

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