BigDansing: A system for big data cleansing

Zuhair Khayyaty, Ihab F. Ilyasz, Alekh Jindal, Samuel Madden, Mourad Ouzzani, Paolo Papotti, Jorge Arnulfo Quiane Ruiz, Nan Tang, Si Yin

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Data cleansing approaches have usually focused on detecting and fixing errors with little attention to scaling to big datasets. This presents a serious impediment since data cleansing often involves costly computations such as enumerating pairs of tuples, handling inequality joins, and dealing with user-defined functions. In this paper, we present BigDansing, a Big Data Cleansing system to tackle efficiency, scalability, and ease-of-use issues in data cleansing. The system can run on top of most common general purpose data processing platforms, ranging from DBMSs to MapReduce-like frameworks. A user-friendly programming interface allows users to express data quality rules both declaratively and procedurally, with no requirement of being aware of the underlying distributed platform. BigDansing takes these rules into a series of transformations that enable distributed computations and several optimizations, such as shared scans and specialized joins operators. Experimental results on both synthetic and real datasets show that Big-Dansing outperforms existing baseline systems up to more than two orders of magnitude without sacrificing the quality provided by the repair algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781450327589
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015
EventACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, SIGMOD 2015 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 31 May 20154 Jun 2015


OtherACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, SIGMOD 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems

Cite this

Khayyaty, Z., Ilyasz, I. F., Jindal, A., Madden, S., Ouzzani, M., Papotti, P., Quiane Ruiz, J. A., Tang, N., & Yin, S. (2015). BigDansing: A system for big data cleansing. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (Vol. 2015-May, pp. 1215-1230). Association for Computing Machinery.