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Fast approximate query answering using precomputed statistics

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2 Author(s)
Poosala, V. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Ganti, V.

Summary form only given. The last few years have witnessed a significant increase in the use of databases for complex data analysis (OLAP) applications. These applications often require very quick responses from the DBMS. However, they also involve complex queries on large volumes of data. Despite significant improvement in database support for OLAP over the last few years, most DBMSs still fall short of providing quick enough responses. We present a novel solution to this problem: we use small amounts of precomputed summary statistics of the data to answer the queries quickly, albeit approximately. Our hypothesis is that many OLAP applications can tolerate approximations in query results in return for huge response time reductions. The work is part of our efforts to build an efficient data analysis system called AQUA. We describe some of the technical problems addressed in this effort

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Data Engineering, 1999. Proceedings., 15th International Conference on

Date of Conference:

23-26 Mar 1999