Aggregating Spatio-temporal Phenomena at Multiple Levels of Detail

Ricardo Almeida Silva, Joao Moura Pires, Maribel Yasmina Santos, Rui Leal

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Spatio-temporal data are collected at high levels of detail (LoDs). Both spatial and temporal characteristics of data can be expressed at different LoDs. Depending on the phenomenon and the analytical goal, different LoDs can be suitable for a user's analysis since different LoDs may provide different perceptions of a phenomenon. It is crucial to model spatio-temporal phenomena having in mind that different LoDs can be useful in their analyses. We propose a granularities-based model in order to model spatio-temporal phenomena at multiple LoDs. It defines the concept of LoD and afterwards the atom generalization, granular synthesis and compressed granular syntheses set concepts to express a phenomenon at some LoD into a coarser one. This occurs in a semi-automatic way as the user just needs to define functions that create the compressed granular syntheses sets. A demonstration case was conducted applied to a real dataset about accidents in USA in which the model proposed proved to be useful to reduce the amount and complexity of data when the phenomenon is observed at coarser LoDs than the ones at which data is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAGILE 2015: Geographic Information Science as an Enabler of Smarter Cities and Communities
EditorsF Bacao, MY Santos, M Painho
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-16786-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event18th Association-of-Geographic-Information-Laboratories-for-Europe Conference on Geographic Information Science (AGILE) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2246


Conference18th Association-of-Geographic-Information-Laboratories-for-Europe Conference on Geographic Information Science (AGILE)


  • Granularity
  • Spatio-temporal data
  • Multiple levels of detail
  • TIME


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