Assessing Semantic Similarities among Geospatial Feature Class Definitions

  • M. Andrea Rodríguez
  • Max J. Egenhofer
  • Robert D. Rugg
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1580)


The assessment of semantic similarity among objects is a basic requirement for semantic interoperability. This paper presents an innovative approach to semantic similarity assessment by combining the advantages of two different strategies: feature-matching process and semantic distance calculation. The model involves a knowledge base of spatial concepts that consists of semantic relations (is-a and part-whole) and distinguishing features (functions, parts, and attributes). By taking into consideration cognitive properties of similarity assessments, this model represents a cognitively plausible and computationally achievable method for measuring the degree of interoperability.


Semantic Similarity Semantic Relation Semantic Network Semantic Distance Similarity Assessment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Andrea Rodríguez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Max J. Egenhofer
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert D. Rugg
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.National Center for Geographic Information and AnalysisUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Spatial Information Science and EngineeringUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  4. 4.Department of Urban Studies and PlanningVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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