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Efficient Query Evaluation on Probabilistic Databases

By Nilesh Dalvi and Dan Suciu


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 #P-complete, which implies that these queries do not admit any efficient evaluation methods. For these queries we describe both an approximation algorithm and a Monte-Carlo simulation algorithm

Year: 2004
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