Geographic Boosting Tree: Modeling Non-Stationary Spatial Data Conference

Deng, L, Adjouadi, M, Rishe, N. (2020). Geographic Boosting Tree: Modeling Non-Stationary Spatial Data . 1205-1210. 10.1109/ICMLA51294.2020.00190

cited authors

  • Deng, L; Adjouadi, M; Rishe, N


  • Non-stationarity is often observed in Geographic datasets. One way to explain non-stationarity is to think of it as a hidden local knowledge that varies across space. It is inherently difficult to model such data as models built for one region do not necessarily fit another area as the local knowledge could be different. A solution for this problem is to construct multiple local models at various locations, with each local model accounting for a sub-region within which the data remains relatively stationary. However, this approach is sensitive to the size of data, as the local models are only trained from a subset of observations from a particular region. In this paper, we present a novel approach that addresses this problem by aggregating spatially similar sub-regions into relatively large partitions. Our insight is that although local knowledge shifts over space, it is possible for multiple regions to share the same local knowledge. Data from these regions can be aggregated to train a more accurate model. Experiments show that this method can handle non-stationary and outperforms when the dataset is relatively small.

publication date

  • December 1, 2020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 1205

end page

  • 1210