Published in Yang, H., Cobb, M., Ali, D., Rahimi, S., Petry, F. E., & Shaw, K. B. (2002). Fuzzy spatial querying with inexact inference. Proceedings, 2002 Annual Meeting of the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society, 2002, NAFIPS, 377-382. doi: 10.1109/NAFIPS.2002.1018089 ©2002 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.


The issue of spatial querying accuracy has been viewed as critical to the successful implementation and long-term viability of the GIS technology. In order to improve the spatial querying accuracy and quality, the problems associated with the areas of fuzziness and uncertainty are of great concern in the spatial database community. There has been a strong demand to provide approaches that deal with inaccuracy and uncertainty in GIS. In this paper, we are dedicated to develop an approach that can perform fuzzy spatial querying under uncertainty. An inexact inferring strategy is investigated. The study shows that the fuzzy set and the certainty factor can work together to deal with spatial querying. Querying examples implemented by FuzzyClips are also provided.