Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Spatial Data Mining

  • Shashi ShekharEmail author
  • Zhe Jiang
  • James Kang
  • Vijay Gandhi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_357


Co-locations; Hotspots; K-primary-route summarization; Location prediction; Spatial autocorrelation; Spatial data analysis; Spatial decision trees; Spatial outliers; Spatial statistics; Ring shaped hotspots


Spatial data mining [1, 2, 3] is the process of discovering nontrivial, interesting, and useful patterns in large spatial datasets. The most common spatial pattern families are co-locations, spatial hotspots, spatial outliers, and location predictions.

Figure 1 gives an example of a spatial hotspot pattern (in the green circle) detected by SaTScan [ 4] from 250 cholera cases (shown by red points) that occurred near Broad Street in London, 1854. Notice that discovering spatial hotspots here is a nontrivial process due to the irregular size and special shape of the pattern. In addition, not all incidents contribute to the hotspot (e.g., red points outside the circles). Discovery of this pattern is very useful and interesting to detect outbreak of disease for public...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shashi Shekhar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhe Jiang
    • 2
  • James Kang
    • 3
  • Vijay Gandhi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Dimitris Papadias
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringHong Kong University of Science and TechnologyKowloonChina