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Title:Integrating OLAP and Ranking: The Ranking-Cube Methodology
Author(s):Xin, Dong
Abstract:Recent years have witnessed an enormous growth of data in business, industry, and Web applications. Database search often returns a large collection of results, which poses challenges to both efficient query processing and effective digest of the query results. To address this problem, ranked search has been introduced to database systems. We study the problem of On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) of ranked queries, where ranked queries are conducted in the arbitrary subset of data defined by multi-dimensional selections. While pre-computation and multi-dimensional aggregation is the standard solution for OLAP, materializing dynamic ranking results is unrealistic because the ranking criteria are not known until the query time. To overcome such difficulty, we develop a new ranking cube method that performs semi on-line materialization and semi online computation in this thesis. Its complete life cycle, including cube construction, incremental maintenance, and query processing, is also discussed. We further extend the ranking cube in three dimensions. First, how to answer queries in high-dimensional data. Second, how to answer queries which involves joins over multiple relations. Third, how to answer general preference queries (besides ranked queries, such as skyline queries). Our performance studies show that ranking-cube is orders of magnitude faster than previous approaches.
Issue Date:2007-08
Genre:Technical Report
Other Identifier(s):UIUCDCS-R-2007-2854
Rights Information:You are granted permission for the non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, BUT this permission is only for a period of 45 (forty-five) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-22

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