A Bayesian framework for automated data retrieval in Geographic Information Systems

Walker, Arron R., Pham, Binh L., & Maeder, Anthony J. (2004) A Bayesian framework for automated data retrieval in Geographic Information Systems. In IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Modelling MMM2004, Brisbane, Australia.


Existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are intended for expert users and consequently, do not provide any machine intelligence to assist users. This paper presents a Bayesian framework that will incorporate expert knowledge in order to retrieve all relevant datasets given an initial user query. The framework uses a spatial model that combines relational, non-spatial and spatial data. This spatial model allows efficient access of relational linkages for a Bayesian network, and thus improves support for complex and vague queries. The Bayesian network assigns causal probabilities to these relational linkages in order to define expert knowledge of related datasets in the GIS. In addition, the framework will learn which datasets are best suited for particular query input through feedback supplied by the user. This contribution will increase the performance and efficiency of knowledge extraction from GIS by allowing users to focus on interpreting data, instead of focusing on finding which data is relevant to their analysis. The initial user query can be vague and the framework will still be capable of retrieving relevant datasets via the linkages discovered in the Bayesian network.

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ID Code: 446
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: dataset retrieval, GIS, Bayesian network
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Multimedia Programming (080305)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:06

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