Is deep learning the new agent for map generalization?

Abstract : The automation of map generalization has been keeping researchers in cartography busy for years. Particularly great progress was made in the late 90's with the use of the multi-agent paradigm. Although the current use of automatic processes in some national mapping agencies is a great achievement, there are still many unsolved issues and research seems to stagnate in the recent years. With the success of deep learning in many fields of science, including geographic information science, this paper poses the controversial question of the title: is deep learning the new agent, i.e. the technique that will make generalization research bridge the gap to fully automated generalization processes? The paper neither responds a clear yes nor a clear no but discusses what issues could be tackled with deep learning and what the promising perspectives. Some preliminary experiments with building generalization or data enrichments are presented to support the discussion.
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Guillaume Touya, Xiang Zhang, Imran Lokhat. Is deep learning the new agent for map generalization?. International Journal of Cartography, Taylor & Francis, 2019, 5 (2-3), pp.142-157. ⟨https://doi.org/10.1080/23729333.2019.1613071⟩. ⟨10.1080/23729333.2019.1613071⟩. ⟨hal-02124904⟩

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