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Index Structures for Path Expressions
, 1997
"... In recent years there has been an increased interest in managing data which does not conform to traditional data models, like the relational or object oriented model. The reasons for this nonconformance are diverse. One one hand, data may not conform to such models at the physical level: it may be ..."
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In recent years there has been an increased interest in managing data which does not conform to traditional data models, like the relational or object oriented model. The reasons for this nonconformance are diverse. One one hand, data may not conform to such models at the physical level: it may be stored in data exchange formats, fetched from the Internet, or stored as structured les. One the other hand, it may not conform at the logical level: data may have missing attributes, some attributes may be of di erent types in di erent data items, there may be heterogeneous collections, or the data may be simply specified by a schema which is too complex or changes too often to be described easily as a traditional schema. The term semistructured data has been used to refer to such data. The data model proposed for this kind of data consists of an edgelabeled graph, in which nodes correspond to objects and edges to attributes or values. Figure 1 illustrates a semistructured database providing information about a city. Relational databases are traditionally queried with associative queries, retrieving tuples based on the value of some attributes. To answer such queries efciently, database management systems support indexes for translating attribute values into tuple ids (e.g. Btrees or hash tables). In objectoriented databases, path queries replace the simpler associative queries. Several data structures have been proposed for answering path queries e ciently: e.g., access support relations 14] and path indexes 4]. In the case of semistructured data, queries are even more complex, because they may contain generalized path expressions 1, 7, 8, 16]. The additional exibility is needed in order to traverse data whose structure is irregular, or partially unknown to the user.
Adding structure to unstructured data
 In 6th Int. Conf. on Database Theory (ICDT ’97),LNCS 1186, 336–350
, 1997
"... We develop a new schema for unstructured data. Traditional schemas resemble the type systems of programming languages. For unstructured data, however, the underlying type may be much less constrained and hence an alternative way of expressing constraints on the data is needed. Here, we propose that ..."
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We develop a new schema for unstructured data. Traditional schemas resemble the type systems of programming languages. For unstructured data, however, the underlying type may be much less constrained and hence an alternative way of expressing constraints on the data is needed. Here, we propose that both data and schema be represented as edgelabeled graphs. We develop notions of conformance between a graph database and a graph schema and show that there is a natural and e ciently computable ordering on graph schemas. We then examine certain subclasses of schemas and show that schemas are closed under query applications. Finally, we discuss how they may be used in query decomposition and optimization. 1
The NCSU Concurrency Workbench
, 1996
"... . The NCSU Concurrency Workbench is a tool for verifying finitestate systems. A key feature is its flexibility; its modular design eases the task of adding new analyses and changing the language users employ for describing systems. This note gives an overview of the system 's features, including it ..."
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. The NCSU Concurrency Workbench is a tool for verifying finitestate systems. A key feature is its flexibility; its modular design eases the task of adding new analyses and changing the language users employ for describing systems. This note gives an overview of the system 's features, including its capacity for generating diagnostic information for incorrect systems, and discusses some of its applications. 1 Introduction The NCSU Concurrency Workbench (NCSUCWB) [1] supports the automatic verification of finitestate concurrent systems. The main goal of the system is to provide users with a tool that is flexible and easy to use and yet whose performance is competitive with that of existing specialpurpose tools. In support of the former, and like its predecessor, the (Edinburgh) Concurrency Workbench [9, 15], the NCSUCWB includes implementations of decision procedures for calculating a number of different behavioral equivalences and preorders between systems and for determining whe...
ConjunctiveQuery Containment and Constraint Satisfaction
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1998
"... Conjunctivequery containment is recognized as a fundamental problem in database query evaluation and optimization. At the same time, constraint satisfaction is recognized as a fundamental problem in artificial intelligence. What do conjunctivequery containment and constraint satisfaction have in c ..."
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Conjunctivequery containment is recognized as a fundamental problem in database query evaluation and optimization. At the same time, constraint satisfaction is recognized as a fundamental problem in artificial intelligence. What do conjunctivequery containment and constraint satisfaction have in common? Our main conceptual contribution in this paper is to point out that, despite their very different formulation, conjunctivequery containment and constraint satisfaction are essentially the same problem. The reason is that they can be recast as the following fundamental algebraic problem: given two finite relational structures A and B, is there a homomorphism h : A ! B? As formulated above, the homomorphism problem is uniform in the sense that both relational structures A and B are part of the input. By fixing the structure B, one obtains the following nonuniform problem: given a finite relational structure A, is there a homomorphism h : A ! B? In general, nonuniform tractability results do not uniformize. Thus, it is natural to ask: which tractable cases of nonuniform tractability results for constraint satisfaction and conjunctivequery containment do uniformize? Our main technical contribution in this paper is to show that several cases of tractable nonuniform constraint satisfaction problems do indeed uniformize. We exhibit three nonuniform tractability results that uniformize and, thus, give rise to polynomialtime solvable cases of constraint satisfaction and conjunctivequery containment.
Covering Indexes for Branching Path Queries
, 2002
"... In this paper, we ask if the traditional relational query acceleration techniques of summary tables and covering indexes have analogs for branching path expression queries over tree or graphstructured XML data. Our answer is yes the forwardandbackward index already proposed in the literature c ..."
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In this paper, we ask if the traditional relational query acceleration techniques of summary tables and covering indexes have analogs for branching path expression queries over tree or graphstructured XML data. Our answer is yes the forwardandbackward index already proposed in the literature can be viewed as a structure analogous to a summary table or covering index. We also show that it is the smallest such index that covers all branching path expression queries. While this index is very general, our experiments show that it can be so large in practice as to offer little performance improvement over evaluating queries directly on the data. Likening the forwardandbackward index to a covering index on all the attributes of several tables, we devise an index definition scheme to restrict the class of branching path expressions being indexed. The resulting index structures are dramatically smaller and perform better than the full forwardandbackward index for these classes of branching path expressions. This is roughly analogous to the situation in multidimensional or OLAP workloads, in which more highly aggregated summary tables can service a smaller subset of queries but can do so at increased performance. We evaluate the performance of our indexes on both relational decompositions of XML and a native storage technique. As expected, the performance benefit of an index is maximized when the query matches the index definition.
UnQL: A Query Language and Algebra for Semistructured Data Based on Structural Recursion
, 2000
"... This paper presents structural recursion as the basis of the syntax and semantics of query languages for semistructured data and XML. We describe a simple and powerful query language based on pattern matching and show that it can be expressed using structural recursion, which is introduced as a top ..."
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This paper presents structural recursion as the basis of the syntax and semantics of query languages for semistructured data and XML. We describe a simple and powerful query language based on pattern matching and show that it can be expressed using structural recursion, which is introduced as a topdown, recursive function, similar to the way XSL is defined on XML trees. On cyclic data, structural recursion can be defined in two equivalent ways: as a recursive function which evaluates the data topdown and remembers all its calls to avoid infinite loops, or as a bulk evaluation which processes the entire data in parallel using only traditional relational algebra operators. The latter makes it possible for optimization techniques in relational queries to be applied to structural recursion. We show that the composition of two structural recursion queries can be expressed as a single such query, and this is used as the basis of an optimization method for mediator systems. Several other fo...
Priorities in process algebra
, 1999
"... This chapter surveys the semantic rami cations of extending traditional process algebras with notions of priority that allow for some transitions to be given precedence over others. The need for these enriched formalisms arises when one wishes to model system features such asinterrupts, prioritized ..."
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This chapter surveys the semantic rami cations of extending traditional process algebras with notions of priority that allow for some transitions to be given precedence over others. The need for these enriched formalisms arises when one wishes to model system features such asinterrupts, prioritized choice, orrealtime behavior. Approaches to priority in process algebras can be classi ed according to whether the induced notion of preemption on transitions is global or local and whether priorities are static or dynamic. Early work in the area concentrated on global preemption and static priorities and led to formalisms for modeling interrupts and aspects of realtime, such as maximal progress, in centralized computing environments. More recent research has investigated localized notions of preemption in which the distribution of systems is taken into account, as well as dynamic priority approaches, i.e., those where priority values may change as systems evolve. The latter allows one to model behavioral phenomena such as scheduling algorithms and also enables the e cient encoding of realtime semantics. Technically, this chapter studies the di erent models of priorities by presenting extensions of Milner's Calculus of Communicating Systems (CCS) with static and dynamic priority as well as with notions of global and local preemption. In each case the operational semantics of CCS is modi ed appropriately, behavioral theories based on strong and weak bisimulation are given, and related approaches for di erent processalgebraic settings are discussed.
The concurrency workbench: A semantics based tool for the verification of concurrent systems
 In Proceedings of the Workshop on Automatic Verification Methods for Finite State Machines
, 1991
"... Abstract The Concurrency Workbench is an automated tool for analyzing networks of finitestate processes expressed in Milner's Calculus of Communicating Systems. Its key feature is its breadth: a variety of different verification methods, including equivalence checking, preorder checking, and model ..."
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Abstract The Concurrency Workbench is an automated tool for analyzing networks of finitestate processes expressed in Milner's Calculus of Communicating Systems. Its key feature is its breadth: a variety of different verification methods, including equivalence checking, preorder checking, and model checking, are supported for several different process semantics. One experience from our work is that a large number of interesting verification methods can be formulated as combinations of a small number of primitive algorithms. The Workbench has been applied to the verification of communications protocols and mutual exclusion algorithms and has proven a valuable aid in teaching and research. 1 Introduction This paper describes the Concurrency Workbench [11, 12, 13], a tool that supports the automatic verification of finitestate processes. Such tools are practically motivated: the development of complex distributed computer systems requires sophisticated verification techniques to guarantee correctness, and the increase in detail rapidly becomes unmanageable without computer assistance. Finitestate systems, such as communications protocols and hardware, are particularly suitable for automated analysis because their finitary nature ensures the existence of decision procedures for a wide range of system properties.
A tutorial on EMPA: A theory of concurrent processes with nondeterminism, priorities, probabilities and time
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1998
"... In this tutorial we give an overview of the process algebra EMPA, a calculus devised in order to model and analyze features of realworld concurrent systems such as nondeterminism, priorities, probabilities and time, with a particular emphasis on performance evaluation. The purpose of this tutorial ..."
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In this tutorial we give an overview of the process algebra EMPA, a calculus devised in order to model and analyze features of realworld concurrent systems such as nondeterminism, priorities, probabilities and time, with a particular emphasis on performance evaluation. The purpose of this tutorial is to explain the design choices behind the development of EMPA and how the four features above interact, and to show that a reasonable trade off between the expressive power of the calculus and the complexity of its underlying theory has been achieved.
An Implementation of an Efficient Algorithm for Bisimulation Equivalence
 Science of Computer Programming
, 1989
"... We present an efficient algorithm for bisimulation equivalence. Generally, bisimulation equivalence can be tested in O(mn) for a labeled transition system with m transitions and n states. In order to come up with a more efficient algorithm, we establish a relationship between bisimulation equivalenc ..."
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We present an efficient algorithm for bisimulation equivalence. Generally, bisimulation equivalence can be tested in O(mn) for a labeled transition system with m transitions and n states. In order to come up with a more efficient algorithm, we establish a relationship between bisimulation equivalence and the relational coarsest partition problem, solved by Paige & Tarjan in O(m log n) time. Given an initial partition and a binary relation, the problem is to find the coarsest partition compatible with them. Computing bisimulation equivalence can be viewed both as an instance and as a generalization of this problem: an instance, because only the universal partition is considered as an initial partition and a generalization since we want to find a partition compatible with a family of binary relations instead of one single binary relation. We describe how we have adapted the Paige & Tarjan algorithm of complexity O(m log n) to minimize labeled transition systems modulo bisimulation equivalence. This algorithm has been implemented in C and is used in Aldebaran, a tool for the verification of concurrent systems.