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A One-day Tutorial: Why Topology Matters in Spatial Cognition and Analysis?

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  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)

Abstract

This tutorial is organized through a series of lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions surrounding the concepts of topology, scaling, and beauty. It was given previously on several occasions, e.g., as a training school of the COST Action 1305 mainly for geospatial analysis of big data (http://www.tu1305.eu/content/training-school). This time we will concentrate on why topology matters in spatial analysis and cognition, linking scaling and beauty. The beauty refers to structural beauty or wholeness at deep level rather than surface beauty that is often considered to be in the eye of the beholder. This tutorial targets to researchers both young and senior in the field of geospatial information science and cartography. Participants must have their laptops with basic tools installed such as Excel, Matlab, ArcGIS 10.x, and Axwoman 6.3, and some head/tail breaks tools (linked to the Wikipedia of head/tail breaks), and we will provide sample data for hands-on exercises. Internet access is essential for the tutorial.
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This tutorial is organized through a series of lectures, hands-on exercises, and discussions surrounding
the concepts of topology, scaling, and beauty. It was given previously on several occasions, e.g., as a
training school of the COST Action 1305 mainly for geospatial analysis of big data
(http://www.tu1305.eu/content/training-school). This time we will concentrate on why topology
matters in spatial analysis and cognition, linking scaling and beauty. The beauty refers to structural
beauty or wholeness at deep level rather than surface beauty that is often considered to be in the eye of
the beholder. This tutorial targets to researchers both young and senior in the field of geospatial
information science and cartography. Participants must have their laptops with basic tools installed
such as Excel, Matlab, ArcGIS 10.x, and Axwoman 6.3, and some head/tail breaks tools (linked to the
Wikipedia of head/tail breaks), and we will provide sample data for hands-on exercises. Internet
access is essential for the tutorial.
Tools to be used:
Axwoman: http://fromto.hig.se/~bjg/axwoman/
Head/tail breaks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head/tail_Breaks
NaturalCitiesModel: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=47b1d6fdd1984a6fae916af389cdc57d
Data to be used:
OpenStreetMap: http://download.geofabrik.de/
Nighttime imagery: https://ngdc.noaa.gov/eog/dmsp/downloadV4composites.html
Brightkite: https://snap.stanford.edu/data/loc-brightkite.html
Topics to cover:
Topological and scaling ways of thinking for understanding space and human behaviour
The third definition of fractal for better understanding urban structure and dynamics
The image of the city arising out of the underlying scaling or living structure
A mathematical model of beauty for characterizing geographic forms and processes
It is recommended to read the following papers prior to the tutorial.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305638074_A_Topological_Representation_for_Taking_Cit
ies_as_a_Coherent_Whole
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/296396310_A_Complex-
Network_Perspective_on_Alexander's_Wholeness
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282310447_A_Fractal_Perspective_on_Scale_in_Geography
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259875214_Geospatial_Analysis_Requires_a_Different_Wa
y_of_Thinking_The_Problem_of_Spatial_Heterogeneity
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230802698_The_Image_of_the_City_Out_of_the_Underlyin
g_Scaling_of_City_Artifacts_or_Locations
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272159333_Wholeness_as_a_Hierarchical_Graph_to_Captu
re_the_Nature_of_Space
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