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In this paper, we propose the notion of sufficient set for distributed processing of probabilistic Top-k queries in cluster-based wireless sensor networks. Through the derivation of sufficient boundary, we show that data items ranked lower than sufficient boundary are not required for answering the probabilistic top-k queries, thus are subject to local pruning. Accordingly, we develop the sufficient set-based (SSB) algorithm for inter-cluster query processing. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm reduces data transmissions significantly.
Date of Conference: 1-6 March 2010