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Artificial Intelligence in Geography

ISBN: 978-0-471-96991-4
348 pages
July 1997
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This unique work introduces the basic principles of artificial intelligence with applications in geographical teaching and research, GIS, and planning. Written in an accessible, non-technical and witty style, this book marks the beginning of the Al revolution in geography with major implications for teaching and research. The authors provide an easy to understand basic introduction to Al relevant to geography. There are no special mathematical and statistical skills needed, indeed these might well be a hindrance. Al is a different way of looking at the world and it requires a willingness to experiment, and readers who are unhindered by the baggage of obsolete technologies and outmoded philosophies of science will probably do best. The text provides an introduction to expert systems, neural nets, genetic algorithms, smart systems and artificial life and shows how they are likely to transform geographical enquiry.
* A major methodological milestone in geography
* The first geographical book on artificial intelligence (Al)
* No need for previous mathematical or statistical skills/knowledge
* Accessible style makes a difficult subject available to a wide audience
* Stan Openshaw is one of the world s leading researchers into geographical computing, spatial analysis and GIS.
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Table of Contents

Artificial Intelligence and Geography.

A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence.

Heuristic Search in Geography.

Expert Systems and Intelligent Knowledge-based Systems.


Applying Artificial Neural Networks.

Evolutionary Computation, Genetic Algorithms, Evolution Strategies and Genetic Programming.

Artificial Life.

Fuzzy Logic, Fuzzy Systems and Soft Computing.

Conclusions and Epilogue.

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