Definition: Analytical (or functional) regions
Geographic Information Systems
Analytical (or functional) regions are defined according to analytical requirements; they group together zones using geographical criteria (e.g., altitude or type of soil) or using socio-economic criteria (e.g., homogeneity, complementarity or polarity of regional economies).
Examples: Urban zones; Employment basins.
Regions - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics - NUTS, 1999 Edition