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Reconstructing Paths of Travel Based on Location References in Unstructured Text

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dc.contributor.advisor Rice, Matthew Cave, April
dc.creator Cave, April 2016-04-20 2016-09-09T18:01:39Z 2016-09-09T18:01:39Z
dc.description.abstract The process of providing spatial context for location information within text has been explored by researchers in the domains of geographic information retrieval (GIR), geosocial media analysis, computational linguistics, and the digital humanities. This thesis will explore the topic of geographic information retrieval from text, using the stories of Jules Verne, which are fictional, but set in the real world. Just as location references, including place names and points of interest, within the text of Verne’s stories can be geoparsed and geocoded to be placed on a map and visualize the journey, so can location references within the text of intelligence gathered by the intelligence community and law enforcement. Once location references are extracted, they can be verified using outside sources and, by considering their spatial, temporal and thematic relevance, their significance determined. All verified, relevant locations can be placed on a map. This information can then be used to reconstruct the movement of a person of interest. The methods in this thesis are used to document the positions of a subject through travels eastward across three continents.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject unstructured text en_US
dc.subject geoconstructing movement en_US
dc.subject GeoINT en_US
dc.subject path reconstruction en_US
dc.title Reconstructing Paths of Travel Based on Location References in Unstructured Text en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Science in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence en_US Master's en_US Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence en_US George Mason University en_US

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