Data Integration in the Life Sciences

Volume 7348 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 37-52

Pay-as-You-Go Ranking of Schema Mappings Using Query Logs

  • Ruhaila MaskatAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, University of Manchester
  • , Norman W. PatonAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, University of Manchester
  • , Suzanne M. EmburyAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, University of Manchester

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Data integration systems typically make use of mappings to capture the relationships between the data resources to be integrated and the integrated representations presented to users. Manual development and maintenance of such mappings is time consuming and thus costly. Pay-as-you-go approaches to data integration support automatic construction of initial mappings, which are generally of rather poor quality, for refinement in the light of user feedback. However, automatic approaches that produce these mappings typically lead to the generation of multiple, overlapping candidate mappings. To present the most relevant set of results to user queries, the mappings have to be ranked. We proposed a ranking technique that uses information from query logs to discriminate among candidate mappings. The technique is evaluated in terms of how quickly stable rankings can be produced, and to investigate how the rankings track query patterns that are skewed towards specific sources.


Schema Mapping Ranking Implicit Feedback Dataspaces Pay-as-you-go Data Integration