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When describing spatial relations, humans often use qualitative linguistic terms. For example, it is fairly common for people to say "Region Q covers Region R a little bit." Unfortunately, current Geographic Information Systems (GIS) do not have the intelligence to directly represent and process linguistic descriptions containing qualitative linguistic terms such as 'a little bit,' 'somewhat,' 'nearly completely,' and 'completely.' An important step in developing more natural GIS that candoi:10.1080/13875868.2003.9683764 fatcat:rhl5kyt7gjfqzbxfd2ugvg4rvy