Amato G., Rabitti F., Savino P., Zezula P. Region proximity in metric spaces and its use for approximate similarity search. Technical report, 2001. |

Abstract (English) |
Similarity search structures for metric data typically bound object partitions by ball regions. Since regions can overlap, a relevant issue is to estimate the proximity of regions in order to predict the number of objects in the regions' intersection. The paper analyzes the problem by using a probabilistic approach and provides a solution that effectively computes the proximity through realistic heuristics that only require small amounts of auxiliary data. An extensive simulation to validate the technique is provided. An application is then developed to demonstrate how the proximity measure can be successfully applied to the approximate similarity search. Search speedup is achieved by ignoring data regions whose proximity with the query region is smaller than a user defined threshold. This idea is implemented in a metric tree environment for the similarity range and nearest neighbors queries. Several measures of efficiency and effectiveness are applied to evaluate proposed approximate search algorithms on real-life data sets. Improvements of two orders of magnitude are achieved for moderately approximated search results. We demonstrate that the precision of proximity measures can significantly influence the quality of approximated algorithms. | |

Subject | Approximation Algorithms Performance Evaluation Metric trees Approximate similarity search Metric data Access structures Similarity search E.1 Data Structures: Trees E.5 Files: Searching H.2.2 Database Management: Physical Design . Acess Methods H.3.3[Information Storage and Retrieval]: Information Searching andRetrieval . Search process |

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