Map Comparison Methods for Comprehensive Assessment of Geosimulation Models

A Hagen-Zanker*, P. Martens

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A crucial task in the calibration and validation of geosimulation models is to measure the agreement between model and reality. In recent years many map comparison methods have been developed for this purpose. This paper presents a framework to systematically assess different aspects of model performance and express the results relative to a common reference level. Application on a constrained cellular automata model of the Netherlands demonstrates that the framework gives an in-depth account of model performance. It also shows that any performance assessment that does not follow a multi-criteria approach or lacks a reference level results in an unbalanced account and ultimately false conclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2008
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference, Perugia, Italy, June 30 – July 3, 2008, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsO. Gervasi, B. Murgante
PublisherSpringer, Berlin, Heidelberg
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-69839-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-69838-8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventComputational Science and Its applications - Perugia, Italy
Duration: 30 Jun 20083 Jul 2008

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


WorkshopComputational Science and Its applications
Abbreviated titleICCSA 2008
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