Use of artificial neural networks for selective omission in updating road networks

Qi Zhou, Zhilin Li

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An important problem faced by national mapping agencies is frequent map updates. An ideal solution is only updating the large-scale map with other smaller scale maps undergoing automatic updates. This process may involve a series of operators, among which selective omission has received much attention. This study focuses on selective omission in a road network, and the use of an artificial neural network (i.e. a back propagation neural network, BPNN). The use of another type of artificial neural network (i.e. a self-organizing map, SOM) is investigated as a comparison. The use of both neural networks for selective omission is tested on a real-life road network. The use of a BPNN for practical application road updating is also tested. The results of selective omission are evaluated by overall accuracy. It is found that (1) the use of a BPNN can adaptively determine which and how many roads are to be retained at a specific scale, with an overall accuracy above 80%; (2) it may be hard to determine which and how many roads should be retained at a specific scale using an SOM. Therefore, the BPNN is more effective for selective omission in road updating.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-51
Number of pages14
JournalCartographic Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Map generalisation
  • Road updating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes

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