XML database transformations

Authors Klaus-Dieter Schewe
Qing Wang
Title XML database transformations
Type article
Journal Journal of Universal Computer Science
Number 20
Volume 16
ISSN 0948-695x
Month December
Year 2010
Pages 3043-3072
SCCH ID# 1029

Database transformations provide a unifying umbrella for queries and updates. In general, they can be characterised by five postulates, which constitute the database analogue of Gurevich's sequential ASM thesis. Among these postulates the background postulate supposedly captures the particularities of data models and schemata. For the characterisation of XML database transformations the natural first step is therefore to define the appropriate tree-based backgrounds, which draw on hereditarily finite trees, tree algebra operations, and extended document type definitions. This defines a computational model for XML database transformation using a variant of Abstract State Machines. Then the incorporation of weak monadic second-order logic provides an alternative computational model called XML machines. The main result is that these two computational models for XML database transformations are equivalent.