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An approach to intensional query answering at multiple abstraction levels using data mining approaches

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2 Author(s)
Suk-Chung Yoon ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Widener Univ., Chester, PA, USA ; E. K. Park

Introduces a partially automated method for generating intensional answers at multiple abstraction levels for a query, which can help database users find more interesting and desired answers. Our approach consists of three phases: pre-processing, query execution and answer generation. In the pre-processing phase, we build a set of concept hierarchies constructed by generalization of the data stored in a database and a set of virtual hierarchies to provide a global view of the relationships among high-level concepts from multiple concept hierarchies. In the query execution phase, we receive a user's query, process the query, collect an extensional answer and select a set of relevant attributes to be generalized in the extensional answer. In the answer generation phase, we find the general characteristics of those relevant attribute values at multiple abstraction levels with the concept hierarchies and the virtual hierarchies by using data mining methods. The main contribution of this paper is that we apply and extend data mining methods to generate intensional answers at multiple abstraction levels, which increases the relevance of the answers. In addition, we suggest strategies to avoid meaningless intensional answers, which substantially reduces the computational complexity of the intensional answer generation process.

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Systems Sciences, 1999. HICSS-32. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:Track6 )

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5-8 Jan. 1999