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More than a list: what outdoor free listings of landscape categories reveal about commonsense geographic concepts and memory search strategies


Wartmann, Flurina M; Egorova, Ekaterina; Derungs, Curdin; Mark, David M; Purves, Ross S (2015). More than a list: what outdoor free listings of landscape categories reveal about commonsense geographic concepts and memory search strategies. In: Fabrikant, Sara I; Raubal, Martin; Bertolotto, Michela; Davies, Clare; Freundschuh, Scott; Bell, Scott. Spatial Information Theory. 12th International Conference, COSIT 2015, Santa Fe, NM, USA, October 12-16, 2015, Proceedings. Cham: Springer, 224-243.

Abstract

Categorization is central to abstraction from real world geographic phenomena to computation representations, and as such has been the subject of considerable research. We report on one common approach, free listing, in an outdoor setting and explore terms elicited in response to the question ‘What is there for you in a landscape?’. We collected term lists, and explanations for the strategies used from 89 participants in two mountain and one parkland setting. We analyzed results not only using term frequency, but also by cognitive sali- ency, exploring list structures, and building aggregated networks visualizing links between terms. We observed memory search strategies, such as exploiting and switching semantic clusters in our data, with participants using for example not only the local setting to start clusters, but also memories of familiar land- scapes to switch between clusters. Our results reveal that simple free listing ex- periments can help us understand how categories are linked, and also highlight ways in which landscapes are conceptualized.

Abstract

Categorization is central to abstraction from real world geographic phenomena to computation representations, and as such has been the subject of considerable research. We report on one common approach, free listing, in an outdoor setting and explore terms elicited in response to the question ‘What is there for you in a landscape?’. We collected term lists, and explanations for the strategies used from 89 participants in two mountain and one parkland setting. We analyzed results not only using term frequency, but also by cognitive sali- ency, exploring list structures, and building aggregated networks visualizing links between terms. We observed memory search strategies, such as exploiting and switching semantic clusters in our data, with participants using for example not only the local setting to start clusters, but also memories of familiar land- scapes to switch between clusters. Our results reveal that simple free listing ex- periments can help us understand how categories are linked, and also highlight ways in which landscapes are conceptualized.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 University Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:20 Jan 2016 20:07
Last Modified:13 Sep 2016 07:48
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number:9368
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:978-3-319-23373-4
Additional Information:The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23374-1_11
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23374-1_11

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