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TitleSemi-supervised map regionalization for categorical data
AuthorBeauchemin, M
SourceInternational Journal of Remote Sensing 2019 p. 1-11, https://doi.org/10.1080/2150704X.2019.1633485
Year2019
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20180171
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf (Adobe® Reader®); html
Subjectsgeophysics; Science and Technology; remote sensing; mapping techniques; cartography; statistical methods; methodology; landscape pattern types; boundary delineation; map regionalization; classification; clustering; algorithms
Illustrationsflow diagrams; sketch maps
ProgramMethodology, Remote Sensing Science
Released2019 07 10
AbstractThe objective of map regionalization is to group contiguous objects on a map into larger entities sharing similar properties or relationships, resulting in homogeneous regions that are easier to interpret. We propose a strategy to interactively incorporate human perception of homogeneous regions to improve unsupervised regionalization processes. The approach fits within the well-known segmentation/clustering framework. The method operates on a categorical map, introduces a contour detector for boundaries delineation with better resolution power than a regular grid tessellation to initiate a region growing process, and integrates the role of a human analyst for better classification of homogeneous areas through a semi-supervised clustering (SSC) method. This last step is achieved using pairwise clustering constraints on regions identified by the analyst on the monitor. The potential of the proposed strategy is illustrated with data extracted from the Earth Observation for the sustainable development of forests (EOSD) map of Canada. Comparisons with a recently introduced algorithm for map regionalization are provided for three different spatial scales at different steps of the method.
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The objective of map regionalization is to group contiguous objects on a map into larger entities sharing similar properties or relationships, resulting in homogeneous regions easier to interpret. In this communication, we propose an algorithm to perform map regionalization with limited user supervision. The potential of the method is illustrated with an example.
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