Spatial Analysis on Networks: Towards identifying similarity of routes
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Finding an optimal path in a road network is a method of planning and decision-making that is mainly related to transportations and emergency response. The paper presents an algorithm for finding optimal paths in spatial networks, through the utilization of open source GIS and mathematical analysis of Networks using Graph Theory as well as using geographical proximity attributes of network nodes. The geometric and spatial information of the network as well as its relations with points of interest (POI) of the study areas located at the nodes and edges of the network, are transformed into spatial information, which by applying spatial queries in a geographical database give query-enabled paths. The final route will be a synthesis of morphological, tourist and cultural elements similar to the spatial search queries. Finally, the methodology as well as the search algorithm can be applied to any Spatial Network (transportations, environment, energy) described by its geographical features, considering all kinds of geographical issues, thus solving spatial problems and contributing to local development.