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Best Position Algorithms for Top-k Queries

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Best Position Algorithms for Top-k Queries
The general problem of answering top-k queries can be modeled using lists of data items sorted by their local scores. The most efficient algorithm proposed so far for answering top-k queries over sorted lists is the Threshold Algorithm (TA). However, TA may still incur a lot of useless accesses to the lists. In this paper, we propose two new algorithms which stop much sooner. First, we propose the best position algorithm (BPA) which executes top-k queries more efficiently than TA. For any database instance (i.e. set of sorted lists), we prove that BPA stops as early as TA, and that its execution cost is never higher than TA. We show that the position at which BPA stops can be (m-1) times lower than that of TA, where m is the number of lists. We also show that the execution cost of our algorithm can be (m-1) times lower than that of TA. Second, we propose the BPA2 algorithm which is much more efficient than BPA. We show that the number of accesses to the lists done by BPA2 can be about...
Reza Akbarinia, Esther Pacitti, Patrick Valduriez
Added 09 Jun 2010
Updated 09 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2007
Where VLDB
Authors Reza Akbarinia, Esther Pacitti, Patrick Valduriez
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