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Bipolarity in the querying of temporal databases

By Christophe Billiet, José Enrique Pons Frías, Olga Pons and Guy De Tré


A database represents part of reality by containing data representing properties of real objects or concepts. To many real-world concepts or objects, time is an essential aspect and thus it should often be (implicitly) represented by databases, making these temporal databases. However, like other data, the time-related data in such databases may also contain imperfections such as uncertainties. One of the main purposes of a database is to allow the retrieval of information or knowledge deduced from its data, which is often done by querying the database. Because users may have both positive and negative preferences, they may want to query a database in a bipolar way. Moreover, their demands may have some temporal aspects. In this paper, a novel technique is presented, to query a valid-time relation containing uncertain valid-time data in a heterogeneously bipolar way, allowing every elementary query constraint a specific temporal constraint

Topics: Technology and Engineering, Temporal Databases, Bipolar Querying, Ill-known Time Intervals, Valid-time Relation, Uncertainty
Publisher: SRI PAS/IBS PAN
Year: 2013
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