Assessing The Cognitve Adequacy Of Topological Calculi: Translation vs. Scaling

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Yang, Jinlong
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr Alexander Klippel, Thesis Supervisor
  • Alexander Klippel, Thesis Supervisor
  • Roger Michael Downs, Honors Advisor
  • spatial cognition
  • movement patterns
  • domain semantics
  • geographic information science
Movement patterns at the geographic scale are pervasive in the world we live in. Developing formalisms for capturing the spatial-temporal information of such movement patterns is becoming a central focus in spatial information science. To facilitate the meaningful interpretation of movement patterns, it is critical to design formalisms that are similar to humans‘ conceptualization of space for both static and dynamically changing spatial relations. The research reported in this thesis focuses on cognitively assessing the adequacy of topological calculi in the capture of translation and scaling movements. The results show that topology plays a dominant role in conceptualizing geographic movement patterns, but that domain semantics influences the saliency of topologically distinguished ending relations.