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Conflation

  • By: Alan Saalfeld
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The word conflation refers to the process (compilation, reconciliation) or the resulting product of combining two or more versions of a complex information entity, such as a manuscript, map, or database, to produce a new improved version of the same entity. A map conflation is the process or the output map resulting from merging information from two or more maps of the same region. Spatial data conflation is the process of, or the output data set or database resulting from, merging two or more spatial data sets or databases for the same area or region. Although the terms conflation and data fusion are sometimes used interchangeably, data fusion is technically the more general concept of merging any two data sets, whereas conflation merges data sets ...

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