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An empirical study of the semantic similarity of geospatial prepositions and their senses

Aflaki, Niloofar, Stock, Kristin, Jones, Christopher B. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6847-7575, Guesgen, Hans and Morley, Jeremy 2022. An empirical study of the semantic similarity of geospatial prepositions and their senses. Spatial Cognition & Computation 10.1080/13875868.2022.2111683
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Abstract

Spatial prepositions have been studied in some detail from multiple disciplinary perspectives. However, neither the semantic similarity of these prepositions, nor the relationships between the multiple senses of different spatial prepositions, are well understood. In an empirical study of 24 spatial prepositions, we identify the degree and nature of semantic similarity and extract senses for three semantically similar groups of prepositions using t-SNE, DBSCAN clustering, and Venn diagrams. We validate the work by manual annotation with another data set. We find nuances in meaning among proximity and adjacency prepositions, such as the use of close to instead of near for pairs of lines, and the importance of proximity over contact for the next to preposition, in contrast to other adjacency prepositions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1387-5868
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 September 2022
Date of Acceptance: 8 August 2022
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:01
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/152614

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