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Efficient Query Evaluation on Probabilistic Databases
, 2004
"... We describe a system that supports arbitrarily complex SQL queries with ”uncertain” predicates. The query semantics is based on a probabilistic model and the results are ranked, much like in Information Retrieval. Our main focus is efficient query evaluation, a problem that has not received attentio ..."
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We describe a system that supports arbitrarily complex SQL queries with ”uncertain” predicates. The query semantics is based on a probabilistic model and the results are ranked, much like in Information Retrieval. Our main focus is efficient query evaluation, a problem that has not received attention in the past. We describe an optimization algorithm that can compute efficiently most queries. We show, however, that the data complexity of some queries is #Pcomplete, which implies that these queries do not admit any efficient evaluation methods. For these queries we describe both an approximation algorithm and a MonteCarlo simulation algorithm.
ULDBs: Databases with uncertainty and lineage
 IN VLDB
, 2006
"... This paper introduces ULDBs, an extension of relational databases with simple yet expressive constructs for representing and manipulating both lineage and uncertainty. Uncertain data and data lineage are two important areas of data management that have been considered extensively in isolation, howev ..."
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This paper introduces ULDBs, an extension of relational databases with simple yet expressive constructs for representing and manipulating both lineage and uncertainty. Uncertain data and data lineage are two important areas of data management that have been considered extensively in isolation, however many applications require the features in tandem. Fundamentally, lineage enables simple and consistent representation of uncertain data, it correlates uncertainty in query results with uncertainty in the input data, and query processing with lineage and uncertainty together presents computational benefits over treating them separately. We show that the ULDB representation is complete, and that it permits straightforward implementation of many relational operations. We define two notions of ULDB minimality—dataminimal and lineageminimal—and study minimization of ULDB representations under both notions. With lineage, derived relations are no longer selfcontained: their uncertainty depends on uncertainty in the base data. We provide an algorithm for the new operation of extracting a database subset in the presence of interconnected uncertainty. Finally, we show how ULDBs enable a new approach to query processing in probabilistic databases. ULDBs form the basis of the Trio system under development at Stanford.
Evaluating Probabilistic Queries over Imprecise Data
 In SIGMOD
, 2003
"... Sensors are often employed to monitor continuously changing entities like locations of moving objects and temperature. The sensor readings are reported to a database system, and are subsequently used to answer queries. Due to continuous changes in these values and limited resources (e.g., network ..."
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Sensors are often employed to monitor continuously changing entities like locations of moving objects and temperature. The sensor readings are reported to a database system, and are subsequently used to answer queries. Due to continuous changes in these values and limited resources (e.g., network bandwidth and battery power), the database may not be able to keep track of the actual values of the entities. Queries that use these old values may produce incorrect answers. However, if the degree of uncertainty between the actual data value and the database value is limited, one can place more confidence in the answers to the queries. More generally, query answers can be augmented with probabilistic guarantees of the validity of the answers. In this paper, we study probabilistic query evaluation based on uncertain data. A classification of queries is made based upon the nature of the result set. For each class, we develop algorithms for computing probabilistic answers, and provide efficient indexing and numeric solutions. We address the important issue of measuring the quality of the answers to these queries, and provide algorithms for efficiently pulling data from relevant sensors or moving objects in order to improve the quality of the executing queries. Extensive experiments
Integration of Heterogeneous Databases Without Common Domains Using Queries Based on Textual Similarity
, 1998
"... Most databases contain "name constants" like course numbers, personal names, and place names that correspond to entities in the real world. Previous work in integration of heterogeneous databases has assumed that local name constants can be mapped into an appropriate global domain by normalization. ..."
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Most databases contain "name constants" like course numbers, personal names, and place names that correspond to entities in the real world. Previous work in integration of heterogeneous databases has assumed that local name constants can be mapped into an appropriate global domain by normalization. However, in many cases, this assumption does not hold; determining if two name constants should be considered identical can require detailed knowledge of the world, the purpose of the user's query, or both. In this paper, we reject the assumption that global domains can be easily constructed, and assume instead that the names are given in natural language text. We then propose a logic called WHIRL which reasons explicitly about the similarity of local names, as measured using the vectorspace model commonly adopted in statistical information retrieval. We describe an efficient implementation of WHIRL and evaluate it experimentally on data extracted from the World Wide Web. We show that WHIR...
Trio: a system for integrated management of data, accuracy, and lineage
 PRESENTED AT CIDR 2005
, 2005
"... Trio is a new database system that manages not only data, butalsotheaccuracy and lineage of the data. Inexact (uncertain, probabilistic, fuzzy, approximate, incomplete, and imprecise!) databases have been proposed in the past, and the lineage problem also has been studied. The goals of the Trio proj ..."
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Trio is a new database system that manages not only data, butalsotheaccuracy and lineage of the data. Inexact (uncertain, probabilistic, fuzzy, approximate, incomplete, and imprecise!) databases have been proposed in the past, and the lineage problem also has been studied. The goals of the Trio project are to combine and distill previous work into a simple and usable model, design a query language as an understandable extension to SQL, and most importantly build a working system—a system that augments conventional data management with both accuracy and lineage as an integral part of the data. This paper provides numerous motivating applications for Trio and lays out preliminary plans for the data model, query language, and prototype system.
A Probabilistic Relational Algebra for the Integration of Information Retrieval and Database Systems
 ACM Transactions on Information Systems
, 1994
"... We present a probabilistic relational algebra (PRA) which is a generalization of standard relational algebra. Here tuples are assigned probabilistic weights giving the probability that a tuple belongs to a relation. Based on intensional semantics, the tuple weights of the result of a PRA expression ..."
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We present a probabilistic relational algebra (PRA) which is a generalization of standard relational algebra. Here tuples are assigned probabilistic weights giving the probability that a tuple belongs to a relation. Based on intensional semantics, the tuple weights of the result of a PRA expression always confirm to the underlying probabilistic model. We also show for which expressions extensional semantics yields the same results. Furthermore, we discuss complexity issues and indicate possibilities for optimization. With regard to databases, the approach allows for representing imprecise attribute values, whereas for information retrieval, probabilistic document indexing and probabilistic search term weighting can be modelled. As an important extension, we introduce the concept of vague predicates which yields a probabilistic weight instead of a Boolean value, thus allowing for queries with vague selection conditions. So PRA implements uncertainty and vagueness in combination with the...
ProbView: A Flexible Probabilistic Database System
 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON DATABASE SYSTEMS
, 1997
"... ... In this article, we characterize, using postulates, whole classes of strategies for conjunction, disjunction, and negation, meaningful from the viewpoint of probability theory. (1) We propose a probabilistic relational data model and a generic probabilistic relational algebra that neatly capture ..."
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... In this article, we characterize, using postulates, whole classes of strategies for conjunction, disjunction, and negation, meaningful from the viewpoint of probability theory. (1) We propose a probabilistic relational data model and a generic probabilistic relational algebra that neatly captures various strategies satisfying the postulates, within a single unified framework. (2) We show that as long as the chosen strategies can be computed in polynomial time, queries in the positive fragment of the probabilistic relational algebra have essentially the same data complexity as classical relational algebra. (3) We establish various containments and equivalences between algebraic expressions, similar in spirit to those in classical algebra. (4) We develop algorithms for maintaining materialized probabilistic views. (5) Based on these ideas, we have developed
Efficient topk query evaluation on probabilistic data
 in ICDE
, 2007
"... Modern enterprise applications are forced to deal with unreliable, inconsistent and imprecise information. Probabilistic databases can model such data naturally, but SQL query evaluation on probabilistic databases is difficult: previous approaches have either restricted the SQL queries, or computed ..."
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Modern enterprise applications are forced to deal with unreliable, inconsistent and imprecise information. Probabilistic databases can model such data naturally, but SQL query evaluation on probabilistic databases is difficult: previous approaches have either restricted the SQL queries, or computed approximate probabilities, or did not scale, and it was shown recently that precise query evaluation is theoretically hard. In this paper we describe a novel approach, which computes and ranks efficiently the topk answers to a SQL query on a probabilistic database. The restriction to topk answers is natural, since imprecisions in the data often lead to a large number of answers of low quality, and users are interested only in the answers with the highest probabilities. The idea in our algorithm is to run in parallel several MonteCarlo simulations, one for each candidate answer, and approximate each probability only to the extent needed to compute correctly the topk answers. The algorithms is in a certain sense provably optimal and scales to large databases: we have measured running times of 5 to 50 seconds for complex SQL queries over a large database (10M tuples of which 6M probabilistic). Additional contributions of the paper include several optimization techniques, and a simple data model for probabilistic data that achieves completeness by using SQL views. 1
An algebra for probabilistic databases
"... An algebra is presented for a simple probabilistic data model that may be regarded as an extension of the standard relational model. The probabilistic algebra is developed in such a way that (restricted to αacyclic database schemes) the relational algebra is a homomorphic image of it. Strictly prob ..."
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An algebra is presented for a simple probabilistic data model that may be regarded as an extension of the standard relational model. The probabilistic algebra is developed in such a way that (restricted to αacyclic database schemes) the relational algebra is a homomorphic image of it. Strictly probabilistic results are emphasized. Variations on the basic probabilistic data model are discussed. The algebra is used to explicate a commonly used statistical smoothing procedure and is shown to be potentially very useful for decision support with uncertain information.
Representing and querying correlated tuples in probabilistic databases
 In ICDE
, 2007
"... Probabilistic databases have received considerable attention recently due to the need for storing uncertain data produced by many real world applications. The widespread use of probabilistic databases is hampered by two limitations: (1) current probabilistic databases make simplistic assumptions abo ..."
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Probabilistic databases have received considerable attention recently due to the need for storing uncertain data produced by many real world applications. The widespread use of probabilistic databases is hampered by two limitations: (1) current probabilistic databases make simplistic assumptions about the data (e.g., complete independence among tuples) that make it difficult to use them in applications that naturally produce correlated data, and (2) most probabilistic databases can only answer a restricted subset of the queries that can be expressed using traditional query languages. We address both these limitations by proposing a framework that can represent not only probabilistic tuples, but also correlations that may be present among them. Our proposed framework naturally lends itself to the possible world semantics thus preserving the precise query semantics extant in current probabilistic databases. We develop an efficient strategy for query evaluation over such probabilistic databases by casting the query processing problem as an inference problem in an appropriately constructed probabilistic graphical model. We present several optimizations specific to probabilistic databases that enable efficient query evaluation. We validate our approach by presenting an experimental evaluation that illustrates the effectiveness of our techniques at answering various queries using real and synthetic datasets. 1