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An Ontology for Grounding Vague Geographic Terms

Bennett, B., Mallenby, D. and Third, A. (2008) An Ontology for Grounding Vague Geographic Terms. In: Eschenbach, C. and Grüninger, M., (eds.) Formal Ontology in Information Systems - Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference. FOIS-08, Oct 31st - Nov 3rd 2008, Saarbrücken, Germany. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (183). IOS Press , pp. 280-293. ISBN 978-1-58603-923-3

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Many geographic terms, such as “river” and “lake”, are vague, with no clear boundaries of application. In particular, the spatial extent of such features is often vaguely carved out of a continuously varying observable domain. We present a means of defining vague terms using standpoint semantics, a refinement of the philosophical idea of supervaluation semantics. Such definitions can be grounded in actual data by geometric analysis and segmentation of the data set. The issues raised by this process with regard to the nature of boundaries and domains of logical quantification are discussed. We describe a prototype implementation of a system capable of segmenting attributed polygon data into geographically significant regions and evaluating queries involving vague geographic feature terms.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: IOS Press 2008. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Formal Ontology in Information Systems'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Keywords, Vagueness, Geographic Entities, Query Answering
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Irene Rudling
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2009 19:26
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:06
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-58603-923-3-280
Status: Published
Publisher: IOS Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.3233/978-1-58603-923-3-280
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7820

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