Title

An Evidential Reasoning Approach to Attribute Value Conflict Resolution in Database Integration

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-1996

Abstract

Resolving domain incompatibility among independently developed databases often involves uncertain information. DeMichiel [1] showed that uncertain information can be generated by the mapping of conflicting attributes to a common domain, based on some domain knowledge. In this paper, we show that uncertain information can also arise when the database integration process requires information not directly represented in the component databases, but can be obtained through some summary of data. We therefore propose an extended relational model based on Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence [2] to incorporate such uncertain knowledge about the source databases. The extended relation uses evidence sets to represent uncertainty in information, which allow probabilities to be attached to subsets of possible domain values. We also develop a full set of extended relational operations over the extended relations. In particular, an extended union operation has been formalized to combine two extended relations using Dempster's rule of combination. The closure and boundedness properties of our proposed extended operations are formulated. We also illustrate the use of extended operations by some query examples.

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

Volume

8

Issue

5

First Page

707

Last Page

723

ISSN

1041-4347

Identifier

10.1109/69.542025

Publisher

IEEE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/69.542025