Distance decay is a term used in geography to describe the effects of distance on spatial or cultural interactions distance decay means that the interaction between locals declines as the distance between them increases. Distance decay is a geographical term which describes the effect of distance on cultural or spatial interactions the distance decay effect states that the interaction between two locales declines as the distance between them increases. Distance decay is the idea that the farther away you are from goods or services the less likely you are to make use of it for example if you live in a rural area its likely that you travel to a bigger city 100 miles even if it offers bigger and better goods and services. Distance decay refers to the decrease or loss of similarity between two observations as the distance between them increases a negative relationship between distance and similarity is implicit in several ecological and evolutionary phenomena eg species turnover along an environmental gradient
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