Identifying factors of geographic event conceptualisation

A. Klippel, M. Worboys, M. Duckham

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The present paper examines whether the formal topological characterisation of spatial relations between moving geographic regions provides an adequate basis for the human conceptualisation of motion events for those regions. The paper focuses on gradual changes in topological relationships caused by continuous transformations of the regions (specifically, translations). Using a series of experiments, the conceptualisation and perception of conceptual neighborhoods is investigated. In particular, the role of conceptual neighborhoods in characterising motion events is scrutinised. The experiments employ a grouping paradigm and a custom-made tool for presenting animated icons. The analysis examines whether paths through a conceptual neighborhood graph sufficiently characterise the conceptualisation of the movement of two regions. The results of the experiments show that changes in topological relations - as detailed by paths through a conceptual neighborhood graph - are not sufficient to characterise the cognitive conceptualisation of moving regions. The similarity ratings show clear effects of perceptually and conceptually induced groupings such as identity (which region is moving), reference (whether a larger or a smaller region is moving), and dynamics (whether both regions are moving at the same time).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-204
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Geographical Information Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Library and Information Sciences


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