Towards abstracting complex database objects: Generalization, reduction and unification of set-type objects (extended abstract)
Representing and manipulating complex (database) objects are important issues in the semantic database models and object-oriented database models, most of which have a rich expressive power for complex objects. In this paper, we will focus on the manipulation of complex objects, and introduce the notions and the operations for abstracting complex objects. We introduce the notion of "element-based" generalization relationships between complex objects, and two new abstraction operators: reduction and unification. Their algebraic properties are then formally investigated especially for "set-type" complex objects.
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