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An Evaluation Model of Level of Detail Consistency of Geographical Features on Digital Maps

by Pengcheng Liu 1,2 and Jia Xiao 1,2,*
1
Hubei Province Key Laboratory for Geographical Process Analysis & Simulation, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
2
College of Urban and Environmental Science, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(6), 410; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9060410
Received: 29 May 2020 / Revised: 16 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 26 June 2020
This paper proposes a method to evaluate the level of detail (LoD) of geographic features on digital maps and assess their LoD consistency. First, the contour of the geometry of the geographic feature is sketched and the hierarchy of its graphical units is constructed. Using the quartile measurement method of statistical analysis, outliers of graphical units are eliminated and the average value of the graphical units below the bottom quartile is used as the statistical LoD parameter for a given data sample. By comparing the LoDs of homogeneous and heterogeneous features, we analyze the differences between the nominal scale and actual scale to evaluate the LoD consistency of features on a digital map. The validation of this method is demonstrated by experiments conducted on contour lines at a 1:5K scale and artificial building polygon data at scales of 1:2K and 1:5K. The results show that our proposed method can extract the scale of features on maps and evaluate their LoD consistency. View Full-Text
Keywords: level of detail; graphical unit; geographical feature; digital map level of detail; graphical unit; geographical feature; digital map
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Liu, P.; Xiao, J. An Evaluation Model of Level of Detail Consistency of Geographical Features on Digital Maps. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 410.

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