Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Temporal Aggregation

  • Johann GamperEmail author
  • Michael H. Böhlen
  • Christian S. Jensen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_386


In database management, aggregation denotes the process of consolidating or summarizing a database instance; this is typically done by creating so-called aggregation groups of elements in the argument database instance and then applying an aggregate function to each group, thus obtaining an aggregate value for each group that is then associated with each element in the group. In a relational database context, the instances are relations and the elements are tuples. Aggregation groups are then typically formed by partitioning the tuples based on the values of one or more attributes so that tuples with identical values for these attributes are assigned to the same group. An aggregate function, e.g., sum, avg, or min, is then applied to another attribute to obtain a single value for each group that is assigned to each tuple in the group as a value of a new attribute. Relational projection is used for eliminating detail from aggregation results.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johann Gamper
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael H. Böhlen
    • 2
    • 3
  • Christian S. Jensen
    • 4
  1. 1.Free University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  2. 2.Free University of Bozen-BolzanoBozen-BolzanoItaly
  3. 3.University of ZurichZürichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Computer ScienceAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

Section editors and affiliations

  • Richard T. Snodgrass
    • 1
  • Christian S. Jensen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Aalborg UniversityAalborg ØstDenmark