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Flexible Patterns of Place for Function-based Search of Space (Short Paper)
AuthorPapadakis, Emmanuel ; Petutschnig, Andreas ; Blaschke, Thomas
Published in
10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018) : Winter, Stephan; Griffin, Amy; Sester, Monika, Dagstuhl, 2018
SeriesLeibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) ; 114
Document typeArticle in a collected edition
Keywords (EN)Functions / Place / Patterns / Function-based search / Place-based GIS
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubs:3-9666 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Abstract (English)

Place is a human interpretation of space; it augments the latter with information related to

human activities, services, emotions and so forth. Searching for places rather than traditional

space-based search represents significant challenges. The most prevalent method of addressing

place-related queries is based on placenames but has limited potential due to the vagueness of

natural language and its tendency to lead to ambiguous interpretations. In previous work we

proposed a system-oriented formalization of place that goes beyond placenames by introducing

composition patterns of place. In this study, we introduce flexibility into these patterns in terms

of what is necessarily or possibly included when describing the spatial composition of a place and

propose a novel automated process of extracting these patterns relying on both theoretical and

empirical knowledge. The proposed methodology is exemplified through the use case of locating

all the shopping areas within London, UK.

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