Exploring Descriptions of Movement Through Geovisual Analytics

Scott Pezanowski, Prasenjit Mitra, Alan M. MacEachren

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Sensemaking using automatically extracted information from text is a challenging problem. In this paper, we address a specific type of information extraction, namely extracting information related to descriptions of movement. Aggregating and understanding information related to descriptions of movement and lack of movement specified in text can lead to an improved understanding and sensemaking of movement phenomena of various types, e.g., migration of people and animals, impediments to travel due to COVID-19, etc. We present GeoMovement, a system that is based on combining machine learning and rule-based extraction of movement-related information with state-of-the-art visualization techniques. Along with the depiction of movement, our tool can extract and present a lack of movement. Very little prior work exists on automatically extracting descriptions of movement, especially negation and movement. Apart from addressing these, GeoMovement also provides a novel integrated framework for combining these extraction modules with visualization. We include two systematic case studies of GeoMovement that show how humans can derive meaningful geographic movement information. GeoMovement can complement precise movement data, e.g., obtained using sensors, or be used by itself when precise data is unavailable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-27
Number of pages23
JournalKN - Journal of Cartography and Geographic Information
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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