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Investigating behavioural and computational approaches for defining imprecise regions

Twaroch, Florian A.; Brindley, Paul; Clough, Paul D.; Jones, Christopher B.; Pasley, Robert C.; Mansbridge, Sue


Florian A. Twaroch

Paul Brindley

Paul D. Clough

Christopher B. Jones

Assistant Professor in Information Syste

Sue Mansbridge


People often communicate with reference to informally agreed places, such as ‘the city centre’. However, views of the spatial extent of such areas may vary and result in imprecise regions. We compare perceptions of Sheffield’s City Centre from a street survey (with 61 participants) to spatial extents derived from various web-based sources. Such automated approaches have advantages of speed, cost and repeatability. Our results show that footprints derived from web sources are often in concordance with models derived from more labourintensive methods. There were, however, differences between some of the data sources, with those advertising/selling residential property diverging the most from the street survey data. Agreement between sources was measured by aggregating the web sources to identify locations of consensus


Twaroch, F. A., Brindley, P., Clough, P. D., Jones, C. B., Pasley, R. C., & Mansbridge, S. (2019). Investigating behavioural and computational approaches for defining imprecise regions. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 19(2), 146-171.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 2, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 28, 2018
Publication Date Apr 3, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 29, 2019
Journal Spatial Cognition & Computation
Print ISSN 1387-5868
Electronic ISSN 1542-7633
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 146-171
Keywords geographic information retrieval, place, spatial cognition, social media, vague geography, earth-surface processes, modelling and simulation, experimental and cognitive psychology, computer vision and pattern recognition, computer graphics and computer-ai
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