Conference paper

Incremental Query Evaluation in a Ring of Databases.

This paper approaches the incremental view maintenance problem from an algebraic perspective. We construct a ring of databases and use it as the foundation of the design of a query calculus that allows to express powerful aggregate queries. The query calculus inherits key properties of the ring, such as having a normal form of polynomials and being closed under computing inverses and delta queries. The k-th delta of a polynomial query of degree k without nesting is purely a function of the update, not of the database. This gives rise to a method of eliminating expensive query operators such as joins from programs that perform incremental view maintenance. The main result is that, for non-nested queries, each individual aggregate value can be incrementally maintained using a constant amount of work. This is not possible for nonincremental evaluation.


    • EPFL-CONF-166019

    Record created on 2011-05-23, modified on 2016-08-09

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