Simulation of the nested relational algebra by the flat relational algebra, with an application to the complexity of evaluating powerset algebra expressions

Abstract

Paredaens and Van Gucht proved that the at relational algebra has the same expressive power as the nested relational algebra as far as queries over at relations and with at results are concerned We provide a new very direct proof of this fact using a simulation technique Our technique is also applied to partially answer a question posed by Suciu and Paredaens regarding the complexity of evaluating powerset algebra expressions Speci cally we show that when only unary at relations are into play any powerset algebra expression is either equivalent to a nested algebra expression or its evaluation will produce intermediate results of exponential size

DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3975(99)00301-1

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@article{Bussche2001SimulationOT, title={Simulation of the nested relational algebra by the flat relational algebra, with an application to the complexity of evaluating powerset algebra expressions}, author={Jan Van den Bussche}, journal={Theor. Comput. Sci.}, year={2001}, volume={254}, pages={363-377} }