An Optimization Technique for Answering Regular Path Queries

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An Optimization Technique for Answering Regular Path Queries
Rewriting queries using views is a powerful technique that has applications in data integration, data warehousing and query optimization. Query rewriting in relational databases is by now rather well investigated. However, in the framework of semistructured data the problem of rewriting has received much less attention. In this paper we identify some di culties with currently known methods for using rewritings in semistructured databases. We study the problem in a realistic setting, proposed in information integration systems such as the Information Manifold, in which the data sources are modelled as sound views over a global schema. We give a new rewriting, which we call the possibility rewriting, that can be used in pruning the search space for answering queries using views. The possibility rewriting can be computed in time polynomial in the size of the original query and the view de nitions. Finally, we show by means of a realistic example that our method can reduce the search spac...
Gösta Grahne, Alex Thomo
Added 26 Aug 2010
Updated 26 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Authors Gösta Grahne, Alex Thomo
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