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Spatial Join Selectivity Using Power Laws

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Spatial Join Selectivity Using Power Laws
We discovered a surprising law governing the spatial join selectivity across two sets of points. An example of such a spatial join is "find the libraries that are within 10 miles of schools". Our law dictates that the number of such qualifying pairs follows a power law, whose exponent we call "pair-count exponent" (PC). We show that this law also holds for self-spatial-joins ("find schools within 5 miles of other schools") in addition to the general case that the two point-sets are distinct. Our law holds for many real datasets, including diverse environments (geographic datasets, feature vectors from biology data, galaxy data from astronomy). In addition, we introduce the concept of the Box-Occupancy-Product-Sum (BOPS) plot, and we show that it can compute the pair-count exponent in a timely manner, reducing the run time by orders of magnitude, from quadratic to linear. Due to the pair-count exponent and our analysis (Law 1), we can achieve accurate sele...
Christos Faloutsos, Bernhard Seeger, Agma J. M. Tr
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Type Conference
Year 2000
Where SIGMOD
Authors Christos Faloutsos, Bernhard Seeger, Agma J. M. Traina, Caetano Traina Jr.
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