Alberto Abelló

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Multidimensional modeling requires specialized design techniques. Though a lot has been written about how a data warehouse should be designed, there is no consensus on a design method yet. This paper follows from a wide discussion that took place in Dagstuhl, during the Perspectives Workshop "Data Warehousing at the Crossroads", and is aimed at outlining(More)
OLAP tools divide concepts based on whether they are used as analysis dimensions, or are the fact subject of analysis, which gives rise to star shape schemas. Operations are always provided to navigate inside such star schemas. However, the navigation among different stars is usually overlooked. This paper studies different kinds of Object-Oriented(More)
Nowadays, it is widely accepted that the data warehouse design task should be largely automated. Furthermore, the data warehouse conceptual schema must be structured according to the multidimensional model and as a consequence, the most common way to automatically look for subjects and dimensions of analysis is by discovering functional dependencies (as(More)
This paper describes the convergence of some of the most influential technologies in the last few years, namely data warehousing (DW), on-line analytical processing (OLAP), and the Semantic Web (SW). OLAP is used by enterprises to derive important business-critical knowledge from data inside the company. However, the most interesting OLAP queries can no(More)
In the last years, lots of work have been devoted to multidimensional modeling, star shape schemas and OLAP operations. However, "drill-across" has not captured as much attention as other operations. This operation allows to change the subject of analysis keeping the same analysis space we were using to analyze another subject. It is assumed that this can(More)
The words On Line Analytical Processing bring together a set of tools that use multidimensional modeling in the management of information to improve the decision making process Lately a lot of work has been devoted to modeling the multidimensional space The aim of this paper is twofold On one hand it compiles and classi es some of that work with regard to(More)
Although multidimensionality has been widely accepted as the best solution to conceptual modeling, there is not such agreement about the set of operators to handle multidimensional data. This paper presents a comparative of the existing multidimensional algebras trying to find a common backbone, as well as it discusses about the necessity of a reference(More)
In the last years, the problems of using generic storage techniques for very specific applications has been detected and outlined. Thus, some alternatives to relational DBMSs (e.g., BigTable) are blooming. On the other hand, cloud computing is already a reality that helps to save money by eliminating the hardware as well as software fixed costs and just pay(More)