Acta Geodaetica et Cartographica Sinica (Aug 2018)

Virtual Geographic Cognition Experiment in Big Data Era

  • ZHANG Fan,
  • HU Mingyuan,
  • LIN Hui

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 47, no. 8
pp. 1043 – 1050


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Virtual geographic cognition experiment is an experimental framework to understand the perception,cognition,emotion and behavior of human to the environment.Since it has been proposed,experimental geography and other related field has been benefited from its theory and methodology.The coming big data era has brought with a huge massive of human cognitive,emotional and behavioral data,potentially bringing opportunities to establish new research paradigm in virtual geographic experiment,to help researchers look deeper into the man-land relationship.In this paper,we first proposed the framework of virtual geographic cognition experiment based on data-intensive scientific research paradigm,where we introduced how to treat human activity data and urban context data by integrating the theory in environmental psychology,and artificial intelligence.Second,we demonstrated the framework by introducing a case study,which has explored a series of visual factor in urban scene that would have an impact on depressing emotion of individual.