We address the issue of mining frequent conjunctive queries in a relational database, a problem known to be intractable even for conjunctive queries over a single table. In this article, we show that mining frequent projection-selection-join queries becomes tractable if joins are performed along keys and foreign keys, in a database satisfying functional and inclusion dependencies, under certain restrictions. We note that these restrictions cover most practical cases, including databases operating over star schemas, snow-flake schemas and constellation schemas. In our approach, we define an equivalence relation over queries using a pre-ordering with respect to which the support is shown to be anti-monotonic. We propose a level-wise algorithm for computing all frequent queries by exploiting the fact that equivalent queries have the same support. We report on experiments showing that, in our context, mining frequent projection-selection-join queries is indeed tractable, even for large data sets.
The VLDB Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2013
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