Efficient Determination of Distance Thresholds for Differential Dependencies

Shaoxu Song, Lei Chen, Hong Cheng
2014 IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering  
The importance of introducing distance constraints to data dependencies, such as differential dependencies (DDs), has recently been recognized. The differential dependencies are tolerant to small variations, which enable them to apply to wide data quality checking applications, such as detecting data violations. However, the determination of distance thresholds for the differential dependencies is non-trivial. It often relies on a truth data instance which embeds the distance constraints. To
more » ... constraints. To find useful distance threshold patterns from data, there are several guidelines of statistical measures to specify, e.g., support, confidence and dependent quality. Unfortunately, given a data instance, users might not have any knowledge about the data distribution, thus it is very challenging to set the right parameters. In this paper, we study the determination of distance thresholds for differential dependencies, in a parameter-free style. Specifically, we compute an expected utility based on the statistical measures from the data. According to our analysis as well as experimental verification, distance threshold patterns with higher expected utility could offer better use in real applications, such as violation detection. We then develop efficient algorithms to determine the distance thresholds having the maximum expected utility. Finally, our extensive experimental evaluation demonstrates the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed methods. Index Terms-Database integration, heterogeneous databases • S. Song is with the Key
doi:10.1109/tkde.2013.84 fatcat:6km7ld2rerd5rallz3e3fzbfgi