Certain answers as objects and knowledge

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Certain answers as objects and knowledge
The standard way of answering queries over incomplete databases is to compute certain answers, defined as the intersection of query answers on all complete databases that the incomplete database represents. But is this universally accepted definition correct? We argue that this “one-size-fits-all” definition can often lead to counterintuitive or just plain wrong results, and propose an alternative framework for defining certain answers. The idea of the framework is to move away from the standard, in the database literature, assumption that query results be given in the form of a database object, and to allow instead two alternative representations of answers: as objects defining all other answers, or as knowledge we can deduce with certainty about all such answers. We show that the latter is often easier to achieve than the former, that in general certain answers need not be defined as intersection, and may well contain missing information in them. We also show that with a ...
Leonid Libkin
Added 29 Mar 2016
Updated 29 Mar 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where AI
Authors Leonid Libkin
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