Representing and querying XML with incomplete information

Serge Abiteboul, Luc Segoufin, Victor Vianu
2006 ACM Transactions on Database Systems  
We study the representation and querying of XML with incomplete information. We consider a simple model for XML data and their DTDs, a very simple query language, and a representation system for incomplete information in the spirit of the representations systems developed by Imielinski and Lipski for relational databases. In the scenario we consider, the incomplete information about an XML document is continuously enriched by successive queries to the document. We show that our representation
more » ... ur representation system can represent partial information about the source document acquired by successive queries, and that it can be used to intelligently answer new queries. We also consider the impact on complexity of enriching our representation system or query language with additional features. The results suggest that our approach achieves a practically appealing balance between expressiveness and tractability. The research presented here was motivated by the Xyleme project at INRIA, whose objective i t t o d e v elop a data warehouse for Web XML documents.
doi:10.1145/1132863.1132869 fatcat:f6tytjl37zefvh2lifkcc6h53u