Laws for Rewriting Queries Containing Division Operators

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Laws for Rewriting Queries Containing Division Operators
Relational division, also known as small divide, is a derived operator of the relational algebra that realizes a many-to-one set containment test, where a set is represented as a group of tuples: Small divide discovers which sets in a dividend relation contain all elements of the set stored in a divisor relation. The great divide operator extends small divide by realizing many-to-many set containment tests. It is also similar to the set containment join operator for schemas that are not in first normal form. Neither small nor great divide has been implemented in commercial relational database systems although the operators solve important problems and many efficient algorithms for them exist. We present algebraic laws that allow rewriting expressions containing small or great divide, illustrate their importance for query optimization, and discuss the use of great divide for frequent itemset discovery, an important data mining primitive. A recent theoretic result shows that small divid...
Ralf Rantzau, Christoph Mangold
Added 01 Nov 2009
Updated 01 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where ICDE
Authors Ralf Rantzau, Christoph Mangold
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