Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Orlandi A., Venturini R. Space-efficient substring occurrence estimation. In: PODS 2011 - 30th symposium on Principles of Database Systems of Data (Athens, Greece, 12-16 June 2011). Proceedings, pp. 95 - 106. ACM, 2011.
We study the problem of estimating the number of occurrences of substrings in textual data: A text T on some alphabet Sigma of size sigma is preprocessed and an index I is built. The index is used in lieu of the text to answer queries of the form CountH(P), returning an approximated number of the occurrences of an arbitrary pattern P as a substring of T. The problem has its main application in selectivity estimation related to the LIKE predicate in textual databases. Our focus is on obtaining an algorithmic solution with guaranteed error rates and small footprint. To achieve that, we first enrich previous work in the area of compressed text-indexing providing an optimal data structure that requires (|T|log sigma/l) bits where l e 1 is the additive error on any answer. We also approach the issue of guaranteeing exact answers for sufficiently frequent patterns, providing a data structure whose size scales with the amount of such patterns. Our theoretical findings are sustained by experiments showing the practical impact of our data structures.
URL: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1989300&CFID=29642294&CFTOKEN=82582261
DOI: 10.1145/1989284.1989300
Subject Full text Index
Text indexing
F.2.2 Nonnumerical Algorithms and Problems Pattern Matching

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