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The structure of inverses in schema mappings

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The structure of inverses in schema mappings
A schema mapping is a specification that describes how data structured under one schema (the source schema) is to be transformed into data structured under a different schema (the target schema). The notion of an inverse of a schema mapping is subtle, because a schema mapping may associate many target instances with each source instance, and many source instances with each target instance. In PODS 2006, Fagin defined a notion of the inverse of a schema mapping. This notion is tailored to the types of schema mappings that commonly arise in practice (those specified by "source-to-target tuple-generating dependencies", or s-t tgds). We resolve the key open problem of the complexity of deciding whether there is an inverse. We also explore a number of interesting questions, including: What is the structure of an inverse? When is the inverse unique? How many non-equivalent inverses can there be? When does an inverse have an inverse? How big must an inverse be? Surprisingly, these ...
Ronald Fagin, Alan Nash
Added 19 May 2011
Updated 19 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where JACM
Authors Ronald Fagin, Alan Nash
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