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    Author(s): R. Geoffrey Lacher; Matthew T.J. Brownlee
    Date: 2012
    Source: In: Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-94. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 183-188.
    Publication Series: Other
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    The changes in the clustering of visitation across National Park Service (NPS) sites have not been well documented or widely studied. This paper investigates the changes in the dispersion of visitation across NPS sites with the Gini coefficient, a popular measure of inequality used primarily in the field of economics. To calculate the degree of clustering nationally, the researchers used visitation data provided by the NPS Public Use Statistics Office for 41 parks covering 34 years.

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    Lacher, R. Geoffrey; Brownlee, Matthew T.J. 2012. Determinates of clustering across America's national parks: An application of the gini coefficients. In: Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc; Watts, Clifton E., Jr., eds. Proceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-94. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 183-188.

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