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Assessment and Optimization of a Multiple Reference Spatial Similarity Model

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dc.contributor.advisor Stefanidis, Anthony
dc.contributor.author Tischler, Michael
dc.creator Tischler, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-29T18:35:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-29T18:35:18Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/9632
dc.description.abstract Several popular methods exist to characterize and analyze point pattern concentrations or “hot spots”. However, these methods (choropleth maps, clustering, spatial autocorrelation, etc.) do not provide any spatial context or additional information regarding features influencing the pattern, nor do they have the robustness to be trained in one location and applied in a second location. In addition, commonly used evaluation criteria are subjective and qualitative. This research will explore spatial analysis in feature space – an N-dimensional computational space where spatial entities are defined by their proximity to surrounding features, rather than their spatial coordinates - to further develop a multiple-reference spatial similarity model capable of eliciting significant knowledge to the structure of spatial point patterns. This is achieved by combining a model of spatial similarity with an exhaustive search optimization algorithm and the unique application of a robust assessment metric to permit identification of the features
dc.format.extent 157 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2015 Michael Tischler
dc.subject Geographic information science and geodesy
dc.subject Geography
dc.subject Statistics
dc.subject feature space
dc.subject GIS
dc.subject kernel density
dc.subject spatial statistics
dc.title Assessment and Optimization of a Multiple Reference Spatial Similarity Model
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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