The Egenhofer–Cohn Hypothesis or, Topological Relativity? [chapter]

Alexander Klippel, Rui Li, Jinlong Yang, Frank Hardisty, Sen Xu
2013 Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography  
In this paper, we provide an overview of research on cognitively validating qualitative calculi, focusing on the region connection calculus (RCC) and Egenhofer's intersection models (IM). These topological theories are often claimed to be foundational to spatial cognition, a concept we term the Egenhofer-Cohn Hypothesis 2 . We have been particularly interested in extending existing approaches into the realm of spatio-temporal representation and reasoning. We provide an overview on a series of
more » ... ew on a series of experiments that we conducted to shed light on geographic event conceptualization and topology's role in modeling and explaining cognitive behavior. Our framework also incorporates approaches to visually analyze cognitive behavior, allowing for interactive and in-depth analyses of cognitive conceptualizations. We present tangible results that can be distilled from generalizing from several experiments. These results show that the strong version of the Egenhofer-Cohn Hypothesis is not supported by all results; we suggest amendments to topological relationship specifications that are needed to serve as a sufficient basis for bridging formal and observed human spatial cognitive processes. We term this approach: topological relativity.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34359-9_11 fatcat:3kzxr3yldbc3vmybmk4cluje6e