The recent literature has provided a solid theoretical foundation for the use of schema mappings in data-exchange applications. Following this formalization, new algorithms have been developed to generate optimal solutions for mapping scenarios in a highly scalable way, by relying on SQL. However, these algorithms suffer from a serious drawback: they are not able to handle key constraints and functional dependencies on the target, i.e., equality generating dependencies (egds). While egds play a crucial role in the generation of optimal solutions, handling them with first-order languages is a difficult problem. In fact, we start from a negative result: it is not always possible to compute solutions for scenarios with egds using an SQL script. Then, we identify many practical cases in which this is possible, and develop a best-effort algorithm to do this. Experimental results show that our algorithm produces solutions of better quality with respect to those produced by previous algorithms, and scales nicely to large databases.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science (miscellaneous)
- Computer Science(all)