Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

7-2007

Abstract

Given a dataset P and a preference function f, a top-k query retrieves the k tuples in P with the highest scores according to f. Even though the problem is well-studied in conventional databases, the existing methods are inapplicable to highly dynamic environments involving numerous long-running queries. This paper studies continuous monitoring of top-k queries over a fixed-size window W of the most recent data. The window size can be expressed either in terms of the number of active tuples or time units. We propose a general methodology for top-k monitoring that restricts processing to the sub-domains of the workspace that influence the result of some query. To cope with high stream rates and provide fast answers in an on-line fashion, the data in W reside in main memory. The valid records are indexed by a grid structure, which also maintains book-keeping information. We present two processing techniques: the first one computes the new answer of a query whenever some of the current top-k points expire; the second one partially pre-computes the future changes in the result, achieving better running time at the expense of slightly higher space requirements. We analyze the performance of both algorithms and evaluate their efficiency through extensive experiments. Finally, we extend the proposed framework to other query types and a different data stream model.

Keywords

dataset, continuous monitoring, processing techniques, algorithm performance

Discipline

Databases and Information Systems | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Research Areas

Data Management and Analytics

Publication

SIGMOD 2006: Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data: Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 26-29, 2006

First Page

635

Last Page

646

ISBN

9781595934345

Identifier

10.1145/1142473.1142544

Publisher

ACM

City or Country

New York

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1142473.1142544

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