The Traversal Index is the average distance of the shortest interior paths connecting all pairs of perimeter points. The index is calculated from 60 perimeter points due to the computationally intensive nature of the metric. The Traversal Index is normalized using the Equal Area Circle (EAC) as follows...

The Traversal Index is appropriate for use when...

- the shortest path between all pairs of perimeter points is needed.
- a measure of compactness is needed

Traversal Index results for select shapes...