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An Optimal Lower Bound on the Number of Variables for Graph Identification
 Combinatorica
, 1992
"... In this paper we show that Ω(n) variables are needed for firstorder logic with counting to identify graphs on n vertices. The kvariable language with counting is equivalent to the (k − 1)dimensional WeisfeilerLehman method. We thus settle a longstanding open problem. Previously it was an open q ..."
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In this paper we show that Ω(n) variables are needed for firstorder logic with counting to identify graphs on n vertices. The kvariable language with counting is equivalent to the (k − 1)dimensional WeisfeilerLehman method. We thus settle a longstanding open problem. Previously it was an open question whether or not 4 variables suffice. Our lower bound remains true over a set of graphs of color class size 4. This contrasts sharply with the fact that 3 variables suffice to identify all graphs of color class size 3, and 2 variables suffice to identify almost all graphs. Our lower bound is optimal up to multiplication by a constant because n variables obviously suffice to identify graphs on n vertices. 1
Naturally Embedded Query Languages
 LNCS 646: Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Database Theory
, 1992
"... We investigate the properties of a simple programming language whose main computational engine is structural recursion on sets. We describe a progression of sublanguages in this paradigm that (1) have increasing expressive power, and (2) illustrate robust conceptual restrictions thus exhibiting inte ..."
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We investigate the properties of a simple programming language whose main computational engine is structural recursion on sets. We describe a progression of sublanguages in this paradigm that (1) have increasing expressive power, and (2) illustrate robust conceptual restrictions thus exhibiting interesting additional properties. These properties suggest that we consider our sublanguages as candidates for "query languages". Viewing query languages as restrictions of our more general programming language has several advantages. First, there is no "impedance mismatch" problem; the query languages are already there, so they share common semantic foundation with the general language. Second, we suggest a uniform characterization of nested relational and complexobject algebras in terms of some surprisingly simple operators; and we can make comparisons of expressiveness in a general framework. Third, we exhibit differences in expressive power that are not always based on complexity arguments...
Principles of Programming with Complex Objects and Collection Types
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1995
"... We present a new principle for the development of database query languages that the primitive operations should be organized around types. Viewing a relational database as consisting of sets of records, this principle dictates that we should investigate separately operations for records and sets. Th ..."
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We present a new principle for the development of database query languages that the primitive operations should be organized around types. Viewing a relational database as consisting of sets of records, this principle dictates that we should investigate separately operations for records and sets. There are two immediate advantages of this approach, which is partly inspired by basic ideas from category theory. First, it provides a language for structures in which record and set types may be freely combined: nested relations or complex objects. Second, the fundamental operations for sets are closely related to those for other "collection types" such as bags or lists, and this suggests how database languages may be uniformly extended to these new types. The most general operation on sets, that of structural recursion, is one in which not all programs are welldefined. In looking for limited forms of this operation that always give rise to welldefined operations, we find a number of close ...
New Techniques for Studying Set Languages, Bag Languages and Aggregate Functions
, 1994
"... We provide new techniques for the analysis of the expressive power of query languages for nested collections. These languages may use set or bag semantics and may be further complicated by the presence of aggregate functions. We exhibit certain classes of graphs and prove that the properties of thes ..."
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We provide new techniques for the analysis of the expressive power of query languages for nested collections. These languages may use set or bag semantics and may be further complicated by the presence of aggregate functions. We exhibit certain classes of graphs and prove that the properties of these graphs that can be tested in such languages are either finite or cofinite. This result settles the conjectures of Grumbach, Milo, and Paredaens that parity test, transitive closure, and balanced binary tree test are not expressible in bag languages like the PTIME fragment of BALG of Grumbach and Milo and BQL of Libkin and Wong. Moreover, it implies that many recursive queries, including simple ones like the test for a chain, cannot be expressed in a nested relational language even when aggregate functions are available. In an attempt to generalize the finitecofiniteness result, we study the bounded degree property which says that the number of distinct in and outdegrees in the output of...
Some Properties of Query Languages for Bags
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF 4TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON DATABASE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
, 1993
"... In this paper we study the expressive power of query languages for nested bags. We define the ambient bag language by generalizing the constructs of the relational language of BreazuTannen, Buneman and Wong, which is known to have precisely the power of the nested relational algebra. Relative s ..."
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In this paper we study the expressive power of query languages for nested bags. We define the ambient bag language by generalizing the constructs of the relational language of BreazuTannen, Buneman and Wong, which is known to have precisely the power of the nested relational algebra. Relative strength of additional polynomial constructs is studied, and the ambient language endowed with the strongest combination of those constructs is chosen as a candidate for the basic bag language, which is called BQL (Bag Query Language). We prove that achieveing the power of BQL in the relational language amounts to adding simple arithmetic to the latter. We show that BQL has shortcomings of the relational algebra: it can not express recursive queries. In particular, parity test is not definable in BQL. We consider augmenting BQL with powerbag and structural recursion to overcome this deficiency. In contrast to the relational case, where powerset and structural recursion are equivalent...
Polymorphism and Type Inference in Database Programming
"... In order to find a static type system that adequately supports database languages, we need to express the most general type of a program that involves database operations. This can be achieved through an extension to the type system of ML that captures the polymorphic nature of field selection, toge ..."
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In order to find a static type system that adequately supports database languages, we need to express the most general type of a program that involves database operations. This can be achieved through an extension to the type system of ML that captures the polymorphic nature of field selection, together with a technique that generalizes relational operators to arbitrary data structures. The combination provides a statically typed language in which generalized relational databases may be cleanly represented as typed structures. As in ML types are inferred, which relieves the programmer of making the type assertions that may be required in a complex database environment. These extensions may also be used to provide static polymorphic typechecking in objectoriented languages and databases. A problem that arises with objectoriented databases is the apparent need for dynamic typechecking when dealing with queries on heterogeneous collections of objects. An extension of the type system needed for generalized relational operations can also be used for manipulating collections of dynamically typed values in a statically typed language. A prototype language based on these ideas has been implemented. While it lacks a proper treatment of persistent data, it demonstrates that a wide variety of database structures can be cleanly represented in a polymorphic programming language.
Database Query Languages Embedded in the Typed Lambda Calculus
, 1993
"... We investigate the expressive power of the typed calculus when expressing computations over finite structures, i.e., databases. We show that the simply typed calculus can express various database query languages such as the relational algebra, fixpoint logic, and the complex object algebra. In ..."
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We investigate the expressive power of the typed calculus when expressing computations over finite structures, i.e., databases. We show that the simply typed calculus can express various database query languages such as the relational algebra, fixpoint logic, and the complex object algebra. In our embeddings, inputs and outputs are terms encoding databases, and a program expressing a query is a term which types when applied to an input and reduces to an output.
Sequences, Datalog and Transducers
, 1996
"... This paper develops a query language for sequence databases, such as genome databases and text databases. The language, called SequenceDatalog, extends classical Datalog with interpreted function symbols for manipulating sequences. It has both a clear operational and declarative semantics, based on ..."
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This paper develops a query language for sequence databases, such as genome databases and text databases. The language, called SequenceDatalog, extends classical Datalog with interpreted function symbols for manipulating sequences. It has both a clear operational and declarative semantics, based on a new notion called the extended active domain of a database. The extended domain contains all the sequences in the database and all their subsequences. This idea leads to a clear distinction between safe and unsafe recursion over sequences: safe recursion stays inside the extended active domain, while unsafe recursion does not. By carefully limiting the amountof unsafe recursion, the paper develops a safe and expressive subset of Sequence Datalog. As part of the development, a new type of transducer is introduced, called a generalized sequence transducer. Unsafe recursion is allowed only within these generalized transducers. Generalized transducers extend ordinary transducers by allowing them to invoke other transducers as "subroutines." Generalized transducers can be implemented in Sequence Datalog in a straightforward way. Moreover, their introduction into the language leads to simple conditions that guarantee safety and finiteness. This paper develops two such conditions. The first condition expresses exactly the class of ptime sequence functions; and the second expresses exactly the class of elementary sequence functions.
Verifiable Properties of Database Transactions
 Information and Computation
, 1998
"... ing with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from Publications Dept, ACM Inc., fax +1 (212) 8690481, or permissions@acm.org. Verifiable Properties of Database T ..."
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ing with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from Publications Dept, ACM Inc., fax +1 (212) 8690481, or permissions@acm.org. Verifiable Properties of Database Transactions Michael Benedikt Timothy Griffin Leonid Libkin Bell Laboratories 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill NJ 07974, USA email: fbenedikt, griffin, libking@research.att.com Abstract It is often necessary to ensure that database transactions preserve integrity constraints that specify valid database states. While it is possible to monitor for violations of constraints at runtime, rolling back transactions when violations are detected, it is preferable to verify correctness statically, before transactions are executed. This can be accomplished if we can verify transaction safety with respect to a set of constraints by means of calculating weakest preconditions. We study properties o...