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Resolving Spatial References using Crowdsourced Geographical Data

Jana Götze
School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

Johan Boye
School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

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Published in: Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics, NODALIDA 2015, May 11-13, 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 109:10, s. 61-68

NEALT Proceedings Series 23:10, s. 61-68

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Published: 2015-05-06

ISBN: 978-91-7519-098-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


We present a study in which we seek to interpret spatial references that are part of in-situ route descriptions. Our aim is to resolve these references to actual entities and places in the city using a crowdsourced geographic database (OpenStreetMap). We discuss the problems related to this task, and present some possible automatic reference resolution methods. The best of these can find the correct referent in 68% of the cases.


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