A generalized Hausdorff distance for spatial objects in GIS

Min Deng, Shulian Niu, Zhilin Li

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Existing computational models for the distance between spatial objects are evaluated. The concept of the Hausdorff distance is introduced as a metric indicator. This distance is further extended to form a new concept-generalized Hausdorff distance, which is a more generic model suitable for different types of spatial objects. This distance model includes two measures: distance range and median Hausdorff distance. The former represents the dispersion of whole distance distribution, and the latter represents the central tendency of the distance distribution. In the meantime, a practical example with various types of spatial objects is provided to illustrate the implementation of this model in the Areview.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-645
Number of pages5
JournalGeomatics and Information Science of Wuhan University
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2007


  • Generalized Hausdorff distance
  • Hausdorff distance
  • Spatial distance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)


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