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Probabilistic Similarity Query on Dimension Incomplete Data

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3 Author(s)
Wei Cheng ; Sch. of Software, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China ; Xiaoming Jin ; Jian-Tao Sun

Retrieving similar data has drawn many research efforts in the literature due to its importance in data mining, database and information retrieval. This problem is challenging when the data is incomplete. In previous research, data incompleteness refers to the fact that data values for some dimensions are unknown. However, in many practical applications (e.g., data collection by sensor network under bad environment), not only data values but even data dimension information may also be missing, which will make most similarity query algorithms infeasible. In this work, we propose the novel similarity query problem on dimension incomplete data and adopt a probabilistic framework to model this problem. For this problem, users can give a distance threshold and a probability threshold to specify their retrieval requirements. The distance threshold is used to specify the allowed distance between query and data objects and the probability threshold is used to require that the retrieval results satisfy the distance condition at least with the given probability. Instead of enumerating all possible cases to recover the missed dimensions, we propose an efficient approach to speed up the retrieval process by leveraging the inherent relations between query and dimension incomplete data objects. During the query process, we estimate the lower/upper bounds of the probability that the query is satisfied by a given data object, and utilize these bounds to filter irrelevant data objects efficiently. Furthermore, a probability triangle inequality is proposed to further speed up query processing. According to our experiments on real data sets, the proposed similarity query method is verified to be effective and efficient on dimension incomplete data.

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Data Mining, 2009. ICDM '09. Ninth IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

6-9 Dec. 2009