Perceptions of Qualitative Spatial Arrangements of Three Objects

Ningran Xu, Ivan Majic, Martin Tomko*

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Cognitive grounding of formal models of qualitative spatial relations is important to bridge between spatial data and human perceptions of spatial arrangements. Here, we report on an experimental verification of the cognitive alignment of the recently proposed Ray Intersection Model (RIM) capturing qualitative relationships between three spatial objects, and human perceptions of spatial arrangements through a grouping task. Further, we explore arrangements with an object positioned "between" two other objects. We show that RIM has sufficient expressive power and aligns well with human perceptions of ternary spatial relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory (COSIT 2022)
EditorsToru Ishikawa, Sara Irina Fabrikant, Stephan Winter
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik
ISBN (Electronic)9783959772570
ISBN (Print)978-3-95977-257-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022
Event15th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory: COSIT 2022 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: 5 Sept 20229 Sept 2022

Publication series

NameLeibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs
ISSN (Print)1868-8969


Conference15th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory


  • Betweenness
  • Evaluation
  • Qualitative Spatial Relationships
  • Spatial Perception
  • Ternary Relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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