FlashRelate: extracting relational data from semi-structured spreadsheets using examples

@inproceedings{Barowy2015FlashRelateER,
  title={FlashRelate: extracting relational data from semi-structured spreadsheets using examples},
  author={Daniel W. Barowy and Sumit Gulwani and Ted Hart and Benjamin G. Zorn},
  booktitle={PLDI},
  year={2015}
}
With hundreds of millions of users, spreadsheets are one of the most important end-user applications. Spreadsheets are easy to use and allow users great flexibility in storing data. This flexibility comes at a price: users often treat spreadsheets as a poor man's database, leading to creative solutions for storing high-dimensional data. The trouble arises when users need to answer queries with their data. Data manipulation tools make strong assumptions about data layouts and cannot read these… CONTINUE READING
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