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Analysing the Usage of Spatial Prepositions in Short Messages

Dittrich, André; Richter, Daniela; Lucas, Christian

Abstract (englisch):
Spatial prepositions such as in, on and near are important to describe where things are located in relation to other geographic features. Location-based services (LBS) usually disregard such spatial prepositions. Their automatic detec- tion and interpretation is challenging, because prepositions are quite often used in non-spatial context (e.g., “in the afternoon”). This paper analyses spatial relations in short messages. Short messages typically have special characteristics (e.g., slang, abbreviations, etc.) and thus represent a special type of natural language. A sample corpus of short messages was used to extract descriptions based on spatial prepo- sitions and to analyse their commonness of use. A frequency-based probability for each term to be spatial was calculated, which can serve as an indicator of a verbal spatial description and support the development of intelligent spatial language interpretation in automatic systems.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung (IPF)
Publikationstyp Buchaufsatz
Jahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-11879-6_11
ISBN: 978-3-319-11878-9
ISSN: 1863-2246
KITopen ID: 1000058066
Erschienen in Progress in Location-Based Services 2014. Hrsg.: G. Gartner.
Verlag Springer International Publishing, Cham, CH
Seiten 153 - 169
Serie Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography ; 3
Schlagworte Spatial relations, Prepositions, Verbal spatial descriptions
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