Probabilistic interval XML

TitleProbabilistic interval XML
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHung E, Getoor L, V.S. Subrahmanian
JournalACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)
Date Published2007/08//
ISBN Number1529-3785
KeywordsSemistructured Databases, XML

Interest in XML databases has been expanding rapidly over the last few years. In this paper, we study the problem of incorporating probabilistic information into XML databases. We propose the Probabilistic Interval XML (PIXML for short) data model in this paper. Using this data model, users can express probabilistic information within XML markups. In addition, we provide two alternative formal model-theoretic semantics for PIXML data. The first semantics is a “global” semantics which is relatively intuitive, but is not directly amenable to computation. The second semantics is a “local” semantics which supports efficient computation. We prove several correspondence results between the two semantics. To our knowledge, this is the first formal model theoretic semantics for probabilistic interval XML. We then provide an operational semantics that may be used to compute answers to queries and that is correct for a large class of probabilistic instances.