On the Suitability of Skyline Queries for Data Exploration

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings

The skyline operator has been studied in database research for multi-criteria decision making. Until now the focus has been on the efficiency or accuracy of single queries. In practice, however, users are increasingly confronted with unknown data collections, where precise query formulation proves difficult. Instead, users explore the data in a sequence of incrementally changing queries to the data to match their understanding of the data and task. In this work, we study the skyline operator as a tool in such exploratory querying both analytically and empirically. We show how its results evolve as users modify their queries, and suggest using our findings to guide users in formulating reasonable queries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshops of the EDBT/ICDT 2014 Joint Conference : 1st International Workshop on Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web (ExploreDB 2014)
EditorsK. Selcuk Candan et al.
Number of pages6
PublisherCEUR-WS.org
Publication year2014
Pages161-166
StatePublished - 2014
Event1st International Workshop on Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web - Athens, Greece

Workshop

Workshop1st International Workshop on Exploratory Search in Databases and the Web
Nummer1
LandGreece
ByAthens
Periode28/03/201428/03/2014
SeriesCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN1613-0073

Bibliographical note

Workshop held in conjunction with 17th International Conference on Extending Database Technology (EDBT 2014)

    Keywords

  • skyline, exploratory data analysis, Databases

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