Finding and ranking compact connected trees for effective keyword proximity search in XML documents

Jianhua Feng, Guoliang Li, Jianyong Wang, Lizhu Zhou
2010 Information Systems  
In this paper, we study the problem of keyword proximity search in XML documents. We take the disjunctive semantics among the keywords into consideration and find top-k relevant compact connected trees (CCTrees) as the answers of keyword proximity queries. We first introduce the notions of compact lowest common ancestor (CLCA) and maximal CLCA (MCLCA), and then propose compact connected trees and maximal CCTrees (MCCTrees) to efficiently and effectively answer keyword proximity queries. We give
more » ... the theoretical upper bounds of the numbers of CLCAs, MCLCAs, CCTrees and MCCTrees, respectively. We devise an efficient algorithm to generate all MCCTrees, and propose a ranking mechanism to rank MCCTrees. Our extensive experimental study shows that our method achieves both high efficiency and effectiveness, and outperforms existing stateof-the-art approaches significantly.
doi:10.1016/ fatcat:i6inn2cvhva6vaeookhtnrvgg4