Internet search engines have popularized the keyword-based search paradigm. While traditional database management systems offer powerful query languages, they do not allow keyword-based search. In this paper, we discuss DBXplorer, a system that enables keyword-based search in relational databases. DBXplorer has been implemented using a commercial relational… (More)
Automatically selecting an appropriate set of materialized views and indexes for SQL databases is a non-trivial task. A judicious choice must be cost-driven and influenced by the workload experienced by the system. Although there has been work in materialized view selection in the context of multidimensional (OLAP) databases, no past work has looked at the… (More)
Ranking and returning the most relevant results of a query is a popular paradigm in Information Retrieval. We discuss challenges and investigate several approaches to enable ranking in databases, including adaptations of known techniques from information retrieval. We present results of preliminary experiments.
In addition to indexes and materialized views, horizontal and vertical partitioning are important aspects of physical design in a relational database system that significantly impact performance. Horizontal partitioning also provides manageability; database administrators often require indexes and their underlying tables partitioned identically so as to… (More)
The Database Tuning Advisor (DTA) that is part of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is an automated physical database design tool that significantly advances the state-of-the-art in several ways. First, DTA is capable to providing an integrated physical design recommendation for horizontal partitioning, indexes, and materialized views. Second, unlike today's… (More)
Internet search engines have popularized keyword based search. While relational database systems offer powerfifl structured query languages such as SQL, there is no support for keyword search over databases. The simplicity of keyword search as a querying paradigm offers compelling values for data exploration. Specifically, keyword search does not require a… (More)
Web search engines often federate many user queries to relevant structured databases. For example, a product related query might be federated to a product database containing their descriptions and specifications. The relevant structured data items are then returned to the user along with web search results. However, each structured database is searched in… (More)
The area of automatic selection of physical database design to optimize the performance of a relational database system based on a <i>workload</i> of SQL queries and updates has gained prominence in recent years. Major database vendors have released automated physical database design tools with the goal of reducing the total cost of ownership. An important… (More)