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Atlanta, GA, USA
April 3, 2006 to April 7, 2006
ISBN: 0-7695-2570-9
pp: 30
Periklis Andritsos , Univesity of Trento
Ariel Fuxman , University of Toronto
Renee J. Miller , University of Toronto
ABSTRACT
The detection of duplicate tuples, corresponding to the same real-world entity, is an important task in data integration and cleaning. While many techniques exist to identify such tuples, the merging or elimination of duplicates can be a difficult task that relies on ad-hoc and often manual solutions. We propose a complementary approach that permits declarative query answering over duplicated data, where each duplicate is associated with a probability of being in the clean database. We rewrite queries over a database containing duplicates to return each answer with the probability that the answer is in the clean database. Our rewritten queries are sensitive to the semantics of duplication and help a user understand which query answers are most likely to be present in the clean database. <p>The semantics that we adopt is independent of the way the probabilities are produced, but is able to effectively exploit them during query answering. In the absence of external knowledge that associates each database tuple with a probability, we offer a technique, based on tuple summaries, that automates this task. We experimentally study the performance of our rewritten queries. Our studies show that the rewriting does not introduce a significant overhead in query execution time. This work is done in the context of the ConQuer project at the University of Toronto, which focuses on the efficient management of inconsistent and dirty databases.</p>
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CITATION
Periklis Andritsos, Ariel Fuxman, Renee J. Miller, "Clean Answers over Dirty Databases: A Probabilistic Approach", ICDE, 2006, 22nd International Conference on Data Engineering, 22nd International Conference on Data Engineering 2006, pp. 30, doi:10.1109/ICDE.2006.35
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