Tobler's First Law of Geography (TFL) is one of the key reasons why "spatial is special". The law, which states that "everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things", is central to the management, presentation, and analysis of geographic information. However, despite the importance of TFL, we have a limited general understanding of its domain-neutral properties. In this paper, we leverage recent advances in the natural language processing domain of semantic relatedness estimation to, for the first time, robustly evaluate the extent to which relatedness between spatial entities decreases over distance in a domain-neutral fashion. Our results reveal that, in general, TFL can indeed be considered a globally recognized domain-neutral property of geographic information but that there is a distance beyond which being nearer, on average, no longer means being more related.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2014|
|Editors||Markus Schneider, Michael Gertz, Yan Huang, Jagan Sankaranarayanan, John Krumm|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Nov 4 2014|
|Event||22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2014 - Dallas, United States|
Duration: Nov 4 2014 → Nov 7 2014
|Name||GIS: Proceedings of the ACM International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems|
|Other||22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2014|
|Period||11/4/14 → 11/7/14|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© Copyright 2014 ACM.
- Semantic relatedness
- Tobler's First Law of Geography