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An efficient evaluation of a fuzzy equi-join using fuzzy equality indicators

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2 Author(s)
Weining Zhang ; Texas Univ., San Antonio, TX, USA ; Ke Wang

Proposes a new measure of fuzzy equality (FE) comparison based on the similarity of possibility distributions. We define a type of fuzzy equi-join based on the new FE comparison and allow threshold values to be associated with predicates of the join condition. A sort-merge join algorithm based on a partial order of intervals is used to evaluate the fuzzy equi-join. In order for the evaluation to be efficient, we identify various mappings, called FE indicators, that determine appropriate intervals for fuzzy data with different characteristics. Experimental results from our preliminary simulation of the algorithm show a significant improvement of efficiency when FE indicators are used with the sort-merge join algorithm

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Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 2 )