A Game-theoretic Approach to Data Interaction

Ben McCamish, Arash Termehchy, Behrouz Touri
2017 Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Human-In-the-Loop Data Analytics - HILDA'17  
As most database users cannot precisely express their information needs in the form of database queries, it is challenging for database query interfaces to understand and satisfy their intents. Database systems usually improve their understanding of users' intents by collecting their feedback on the answers to the users' imprecise and ill-specified queries. Users may also learn to express their queries precisely during their interactions with the database system. In this paper, we report our
more » ... r, we report our progress on developing a formal framework for representing and understanding information needs in database querying and exploration. Our framework considers querying as a collaboration between the user and the database system to establish a mutual language for representing information needs. We formalize this collaboration as a signaling game between two potentially rational agents: the user and the database system. We believe that this framework naturally models the long-term interaction of users and database systems.
doi:10.1145/3077257.3077270 dblp:conf/sigmod/McCamishTT17 fatcat:xkfielf4t5glfjlitel37upqxi