Technical Reports (CIS)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

December 1992

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University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-92-88.

Abstract

Or-sets were introduced by Imielinski, Naqvi and Vadaparty for dealing with liimited forms of disjunctive information in database queries. Independently, Rounds used a similar notion for representing disjunctive and conjunctive information in the context of situation theory. In this paper we formulate a query language with adequate expressive power for or-sets. Using the notion of normalization of or-sets, queries at the "structural" and "conceptual" levels are distinguished. Losslessness of normalization is established for a large class of queries. We have obtained upper bounds for the cost of normalization. An approach related to that of rounds is used to provide semantics for or-sets.

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Date Posted: 17 August 2007