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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2016, 5(5), 65; doi:10.3390/ijgi5050065

Using an Optimized Chinese Address Matching Method to Develop a Geocoding Service: A Case Study of Shenzhen, China

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School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of Geographic Information System, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Key Laboratory of Digital Mapping and Land Information Application Engineering, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430072, China
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School of Information Engineering, Xuchang University, 88 Bayi Road, Xuchang 461000, China
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Shenzhen Municipal Planning & Land Real Estate Information Center, 8007 Hongli Road, Shenzhen 518034, China
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Collaborative Innovation Center Of Geospatial Technology, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
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Academic Editor: Wolfgang Kainz
Received: 19 January 2016 / Revised: 24 April 2016 / Accepted: 2 May 2016 / Published: 13 May 2016
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Abstract

With the coming era of big data and the rapid development and widespread applications of Geographical Information Systems (GISs), geocoding technology is playing an increasingly important role in bridging the gap between non-spatial data resources and spatial data in various fields. However, Chinese geocoding faces great challenges because of the complexity of the address string format in Chinese, which contains no delimiters between Chinese words, and the poor address management resulting from the existence of multiple address authorities spread among different governmental agencies. This paper presents a geocoding service based on an optimized Chinese address matching method, including address modeling, address standardization and address matching. The address model focuses on the spatial semantics of each address element, and the address standardization process is based on an address tree model. A geocoding service application is implemented in practice using a large quantity of data from Shenzhen Municipality. More than 1,460,000 data records were used to test the geocoding service, and good matching rates were achieved with good adaptability and intelligence. View Full-Text
Keywords: Geographical Information System; Chinese address match; address model; address matching; geocoding service Geographical Information System; Chinese address match; address model; address matching; geocoding service
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Tian, Q.; Ren, F.; Hu, T.; Liu, J.; Li, R.; Du, Q. Using an Optimized Chinese Address Matching Method to Develop a Geocoding Service: A Case Study of Shenzhen, China. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2016, 5, 65.

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