Partial updates in complex-value databases

Authors Klaus-Dieter Schewe
Qing Wang
Editors A. Heimbürger et al.
Title Partial updates in complex-value databases
Booktitle Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XXII
Type in collection
Publisher IOS Press
Series Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Volume 225
ISBN 978-1-60750-689-8
Month March
Year 2011
Pages 37-56
SCCH ID# 1115

Partial updates arise when a location bound to a complex value is updated in parallel. Compatibility of such partial updates to disjoint locations can be assured by applying applicative algebras. However, due to the arbitrary nesting of type constructors, locations of complex-value database are often defined at multiple abstraction levels and thereby non-disjoint. Thus, applicative algebras is not as smooth as its simple definition suggests. In this paper, we investigate this problem in the context of complex-value databases, where partial updates arise naturally in database transformations. We show that a more efficient solution can be obtained when generalising the notion of location and thus permitting dependencies between locations. On these grounds we develop a systematic approach to consistency checking for update sets that involve partial updates.