Optimizing path expressions using navigational algebraic operators

  • Zhao-Hui Tang
  • Georges Gardarin
  • Véronique Smahi
Theoretical Aspects 1
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1134)


Object-oriented database systems are more and more used in real applications due to their rich data model and query language mixing declarative assertions and navigations. Queries may frequently involve multiple collection traversais (i.e., path expression). Moreover, quantifiers like exist, any, all can also be included inside path expressions. These bring new challenges for object query optimization. In order to efficiently optimize these queries, we define the concept of annotated path expression and introduce two navigational algebraic operators, which mix nicely with classical object algebra. We introduce advanced query optimization techniques using the proposed extended algebra including a general framework and new rewriting rules for integrating navigational operators and traditional set-oriented operators. We also compare different navigation strategies for evaluating path expressions.


Query Processing User Query Database Schema Query Optimization Object Query 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhao-Hui Tang
    • 1
  • Georges Gardarin
    • 1
  • Véronique Smahi
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRS-PRiSM LaboratoryUniversity of Versailles-St-QuentinVersaillesFrance

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