Relational Algebra for Ranked Tables with Similarities: Properties and Implementation

  • Radim Belohlavek
  • Stanislav Opichal
  • Vilem Vychodil
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4723)

Abstract

The paper presents new developments in an extension of Codd’s relational model of data. The extension consists in equipping domains of attribute values with a similarity relation and adding ranks to rows of a database table. This way, the concept of a table over domains (i.e., relation over a relation scheme) of the classical Codd’s model extends to the concept of a ranked table over domains with similarities. When all similarities are ordinary identity relations and all ranks are set to 1, our extension becomes the ordinary Codd’s model. The main contribution of our paper is twofold. First, we present an outline of a relational algebra for our extension. Second, we deal with implementation issues of our extension. In addition to that, we also comment on related approaches presented in the literature.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Radim Belohlavek
    • 1
    • 3
  • Stanislav Opichal
    • 2
  • Vilem Vychodil
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, T. J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Binghamton University–SUNY, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902–6000USA
  2. 2.PIKE ELECTRONIC, Ltd.Czech Republic
  3. 3.Dept. Computer Science, Palacky University, Olomouc, Tomkova 40, CZ-779 00 OlomoucCzech Republic

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