Toponymy has long been a qualitative discipline in between geography, history and philology. With the development of massive digital gazetteers, such as the Geonames database or the OSM database, it is now possible to conduct a quantitative approach of toponymy. In this talk I will give examples of spatial analysis methods applied to place names at different scales.
Hadrien Commenges is an associate professor at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research focuses on quantitative methods applied to urban geography, mainly in the field of urban mobility and transportation.