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Spatio-textual indexing for geographical search on the web

Vaid, S., Jones, C.B., Joho, H. and Sanderson, M. (2005) Spatio-textual indexing for geographical search on the web. In: Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases: 9th International Symposium, SSTD 2005, Angra dos Reis, Brazil, August 22-24, 2005. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (3633/2). Springer , Berlin / Heidelberg , pp. 218-235. ISBN 978-3-540-28127-6

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Abstract

Many web documents refer to specific geographic localities and many people include geographic context in queries to web search engines. Standard web search engines treat the geographical terms in the same way as other terms. This can result in failure to find relevant documents that refer to the place of interest using alternative related names, such as those of included or nearby places. This can be overcome by associating text indexing with spatial indexing methods that exploit geo-tagging procedures to categorise documents with respect to geographic space. We describe three methods for spatio-textual indexing based on multiple spatially indexed text indexes, attaching spatial indexes to the document occurrences of a text index, and merging text index access results with results of access to a spatial index of documents. These schemes are compared experimentally with a conventional text index search engine, using a collection of geo-tagged web documents, and are shown to be able to compete in speed and storage performance with pure text indexing.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005. This is an author produced version of a paper published in "Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases: 9th International Symposium, SSTD 2005, Angra dos Reis, Brazil, August 22-24, 2005. Proceedings". Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008 17:59
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11535331_13
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1007/11535331_13
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4599

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