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Advances in Fuzzy Systems
Volume 2013, Article ID 107358, 9 pages
Research Article

Fuzzy Reliability in Spatial Databases

1Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento di Architettura, Via Monteoliveto 3, 80134 Napoli, Italy
2Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Centro Interdipartimentale per l’Analisi e la Progettazione Urbana Luigi Pisciotti, Via Toledo 402, 80134 Napoli, Italy

Received 10 October 2013; Accepted 27 October 2013

Academic Editor: Sabrina Senatore

Copyright © 2013 Ferdinando Di Martino and Salvatore Sessa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Today it is very difficult to evaluate the quality of spatial databases, mainly for the heterogeneity of input data. We define a fuzzy process for evaluating the reliability of a spatial database: the area of study is partitioned in isoreliable zones, defined as homogeneous zones in terms of data quality and environmental characteristics. We model a spatial database in thematic datasets; each thematic dataset concerns a specific spatial domain and includes a set of layers. We estimate the reliability of each thematic dataset and therefore the overall reliability of the spatial database. We have tested this method on the spatial dataset of the town of Cava de' Tirreni (Italy).