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Evaluating Topk Queries over WebAccessible Databases
 ACM TRANS. ON DATABASE SYSTEMS
, 2004
"... ... In this article, we study how to process topk queries efficiently in this setting, where the attributes for which users specify target values might be handled by external, autonomous sources with a variety of access interfaces. We present a sequential algorithm for processing such queries, but ..."
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... In this article, we study how to process topk queries efficiently in this setting, where the attributes for which users specify target values might be handled by external, autonomous sources with a variety of access interfaces. We present a sequential algorithm for processing such queries, but observe that any sequential topk query processing strategy is bound to require unnecessarily long query processing times, since web accesses exhibit high and variable latency. Fortunately, web sources can be probed in parallel, and each source can typically process concurrent requests, although sources may impose some restrictions on the type and number of probes that they are willing to accept. We adapt our sequential query processing technique and introduce an efficient algorithm that maximizes sourceaccess parallelism to minimize query response time, while satisfying sourceaccess constraints.
Artificial fishes: Physics, locomotion, perception, behavior
, 1994
"... physicsbased modeling Abstract: This paper proposesa framework for animation that can achieve the intricacy of motion evident in certain natural ecosystems with minimal input from the animator. The realistic appearance, movement, and behavior of individual animals, as well as the patterns of behavi ..."
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physicsbased modeling Abstract: This paper proposesa framework for animation that can achieve the intricacy of motion evident in certain natural ecosystems with minimal input from the animator. The realistic appearance, movement, and behavior of individual animals, as well as the patterns of behavior evident in groups of animals fall within the scope of the framework. Our approach to emulating this level of natural complexity is to model each animal holistically as an autonomous agent situated in its physical world. To demonstrate the approach, we develop a physicsbased, virtual marine world. The world is inhabited by artificial fishes that can swim hydrodynamically in simulated water through the motor control of internal muscles that motivate fins. Their repertoire of behaviors relies on their perception of the dynamic environment. As in nature, the detailed motions of artificial fishes in their virtual habitat are not entirely predictable because they are not scripted. 1
Selectivity Estimation Without the Attribute Value Independence Assumption
, 1997
"... The result size of a query that involves multiple attributes from the same relation depends on these attributes’joinr data distribution, i.e., the frequencies of all combinations of attribute values. To simplify the estimation of that size, most commercial systems make the artribute value independen ..."
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The result size of a query that involves multiple attributes from the same relation depends on these attributes’joinr data distribution, i.e., the frequencies of all combinations of attribute values. To simplify the estimation of that size, most commercial systems make the artribute value independenceassumption and maintain statistics (typically histograms) on individual attributes only. In reality, this assumption is almost always wrong and the resulting estimations tend to be highly inaccurate. In this paper, we propose two main alternatives to effectively approximate (multidimensional) joint data distributions. (a) Using a multidimensional histogram, (b) Using the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) technique from linear algebra. An extensive set of experiments demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches and the benefits of both compared to the independence assumption. 1
On the Adaptation of Arbitrary Normal Mutation Distributions in Evolution Strategies: The Generating Set Adaptation
, 1995
"... A new adaptation scheme for adapting arbitrary normal mutation distributions in evolution strategies is introduced. It can adapt correct scaling and correlations between object parameters. Furthermore, it is independent of any rotation of the objective function and reliably adapts mutation dis ..."
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A new adaptation scheme for adapting arbitrary normal mutation distributions in evolution strategies is introduced. It can adapt correct scaling and correlations between object parameters. Furthermore, it is independent of any rotation of the objective function and reliably adapts mutation distributions corresponding to hyperellipsoids with high axis ratio. In simulations, the generating set adaptation is compared to two other schemes which also can produce non axisparallel mutation ellipsoids. It turns out to be the only adaptation scheme which is completely independent of the chosen coordinate system.
An Unbiased Detector of Curvilinear Structures
, 1996
"... The extraction of curvilinear structures is an important lowlevel operation in computer vision that has many applications. Most existing operators use a simple model for the line that is to be extracted, i.e., they do not take into account the surroundings of a line. This leads to the undesired con ..."
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The extraction of curvilinear structures is an important lowlevel operation in computer vision that has many applications. Most existing operators use a simple model for the line that is to be extracted, i.e., they do not take into account the surroundings of a line. This leads to the undesired consequence that the line will be extracted in the wrong position whenever a line with different lateral contrast is extracted. In contrast, the algorithm proposed in this paper uses an explicit model for lines and their surroundings. By analyzing the scalespace behaviour of a model line profile, it is shown how the bias that is induced by asymmetrical lines can be removed. Furthermore, the algorithm not only returns the precise subpixel line position, but also the width of the line for each line point, also with subpixel accuracy.
In Defense of the EightPoint Algorithm
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 1997
"... Abstract—The fundamental matrix is a basic tool in the analysis of scenes taken with two uncalibrated cameras, and the eightpoint algorithm is a frequently cited method for computing the fundamental matrix from a set of eight or more point matches. It has the advantage of simplicity of implementati ..."
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Abstract—The fundamental matrix is a basic tool in the analysis of scenes taken with two uncalibrated cameras, and the eightpoint algorithm is a frequently cited method for computing the fundamental matrix from a set of eight or more point matches. It has the advantage of simplicity of implementation. The prevailing view is, however, that it is extremely susceptible to noise and hence virtually useless for most purposes. This paper challenges that view, by showing that by preceding the algorithm with a very simple normalization (translation and scaling) of the coordinates of the matched points, results are obtained comparable with the best iterative algorithms. This improved performance is justified by theory and verified by extensive experiments on real images. Index Terms—Fundamental matrix, eightpoint algorithm, condition number, epipolar structure, stereo vision.
Secrets of Optical Flow Estimation and Their Principles
, 2010
"... The accuracy of optical flow estimation algorithms has been improving steadily as evidenced by results on the Middlebury optical flow benchmark. The typical formulation, however, has changed little since the work of Horn and Schunck. We attempt to uncover what has made recent advances possible throu ..."
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The accuracy of optical flow estimation algorithms has been improving steadily as evidenced by results on the Middlebury optical flow benchmark. The typical formulation, however, has changed little since the work of Horn and Schunck. We attempt to uncover what has made recent advances possible through a thorough analysis of how the objective function, the optimization method, and modern implementation practices influence accuracy. We discover that “classical” flow formulations perform surprisingly well when combined with modern optimization and implementation techniques. Moreover, we find that while median filtering of intermediate flow fields during optimization is a key to recent performance gains, it leads to higher energy solutions. To understand the principles behind this phenomenon, we derive a new objective that formalizes the median filtering heuristic. This objective includes a nonlocal term that robustly integrates flow estimates over large spatial neighborhoods. By modifying this new term to include information about flow and image boundaries we develop a method that ranks at the top of the Middlebury benchmark.
Image Mosaicing for TeleReality Applications
, 1994
"... While a large number of virtual reality applications, such as fluid flow analysis and molecular modeling, deal with simulated data, many newer applications attempt to recreate true reality as convincingly as possible. Building detailed models for such applications, which we call telereality, is a m ..."
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While a large number of virtual reality applications, such as fluid flow analysis and molecular modeling, deal with simulated data, many newer applications attempt to recreate true reality as convincingly as possible. Building detailed models for such applications, which we call telereality, is a major bottleneck holding back their deployment. In this paper, we present techniques for automatically deriving realistic 2D scenes and 3D texturemapped models from video sequences, which can help overcome this bottleneck. The fundamental technique we use is image mosaicing, i.e., the automatic alignment of multiple images into larger aggregates which are then used to represent portions of a 3D scene. We begin with the easiest problems, those of flat scene and panoramic scene mosaicing, and progress to more complicated scenes, culminating in full 3D models. We also present a number of novel applications based on telereality technology.
Improving Dynamic Voltage Scaling Algorithms with PACE
, 2001
"... This paper addresses algorithms for dynamically varying (scaling) CPU speed and voltage in order to save energy. Such scaling is useful and effective when it is immaterial when a task completes, as long as it meets some deadline. We show how to modify any scaling algorithm to keep performance the sa ..."
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This paper addresses algorithms for dynamically varying (scaling) CPU speed and voltage in order to save energy. Such scaling is useful and effective when it is immaterial when a task completes, as long as it meets some deadline. We show how to modify any scaling algorithm to keep performance the same but minimize expected energy consumption. We refer to our approach as PACE (Processor Acceleration to Conserve Energy) since the resulting schedule increases speed as the task progresses. Since PACE depends on the probability distribution of the task's work requirement, we present methods for estimating this distribution and evaluate these methods on a variety of real workloads. We also show how to approximate the optimal schedule with one that changes speed a limited number of times. Using PACE causes very little additional overhead, and yields substantial reductions in CPU energy consumption. Simulations using real workloads show it reduces the CPU energy consumption of previously published algorithms by up to 49.5%, with an average of 20.6%, without any effect on performance.