Journal of Geo-information Science ›› 2020, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (5): 978-988.doi: 10.12082/dqxxkx.2020.190770

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Spatial Visualization and Analysis of Trajectories of Historical Celebrities

WANG Niman1, QIN Kun1,*(), LUO Jun2, CHEN Kun1, HU Sheng1   

  1. 1. School of Remote Sensing and Information Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
    2. Institute for social development, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
  • Received:2019-12-11 Revised:2020-01-10 Online:2020-05-25 Published:2020-07-25
  • Contact: QIN Kun
  • Supported by:
    National Key Research and Development Program of China(2017YFB0503604)


The trajectory of historical celebrities reflects the historical and cultural background at their time. Through the spatial visualization and analysis of the trajectory of historical celebrities, the historical and social status can be explored and analyzed. The visualization and analysis of the social network of historical celebrities is conducive to the analysis of the political background and the relationship between the characters at that time.However, there are limited GIS based analysis tools for humanities and social sciences and historical celebrities analysis. Most of the current studies to investigate the social network of the historical celebrities only analyze the social network within a certain time period, and fail to conduct a time-division study on the geographical location of social relationships. Taking Xuan Zang and Ouyang Xiu as examples, this paper explores the visualization method of historical celebrities' trajectories based on WebGIS, analyzes the spatial distribution of historical celebrities' trajectory points based on kernel density estimation and standard deviation ellipse, and constructs the spatial social network of historical celebrities at multiple time stages. Finally, this paper analyzes the social network of historical celebrities with their historical background,stories, works, and spatial results.We find that: (1) The migration trajectories of historical celebrities are basically consistent with the migration trend at that time, which is greatly affected by social changes; (2) Historical celebrities had a larger social network circle when they were in power, while the social network circle was greatly reduced at their downfall. This paper explores the methods of spatial visualization and the analysis of the trajectories of historical celebrities, which can be referred for the analysis of spatially integrated humanities and social science.

Key words: spatially integrated humanities and social science, trajectories of historical celebrities, spatial visualization, spatial social network, spatial analysis, statistical analysis, standard deviational ellipse, social network analysis