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Issue No. 08 - August (2009 vol. 21)
ISSN: 1041-4347
pp: 1162-1177
Yunjun Gao , Singapore Management University, Singapore
Baihua Zheng , Singapore Management University, Singapore
Gencai Chen , Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Qing Li , City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This paper introduces and solves a novel type of spatial queries, namely, Optimal-Location-Selection (OLS) search, which has many applications in real life. Given a data object set D_A, a target object set D_B, a spatial region R, and a critical distance d_c in a multidimensional space, an OLS query retrieves those target objects in D_B that are outside R but have maximal optimality. Here, the optimality of a target object b \in D_B located outside R is defined as the number of the data objects from D_A that are inside R and meanwhile have their distances to b not exceeding d_c. When there is a tie, the accumulated distance from the data objects to b serves as the tie breaker, and the one with smaller distance has the better optimality. In this paper, we present the optimality metric, formalize the OLS query, and propose several algorithms for processing OLS queries efficiently. A comprehensive experimental evaluation has been conducted using both real and synthetic data sets to demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of the proposed algorithms.
Query processing, optimal-location-selection, spatial database, algorithm.

B. Zheng, Y. Gao, G. Chen and Q. Li, "Optimal-Location-Selection Query Processing in Spatial Databases," in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering, vol. 21, no. , pp. 1162-1177, 2009.
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