Inferring data currency and consistency for conflict resolution
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Los Alamitos, Calif. :IEEE Computer Society, 2013
Proceedings of 29th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2013), Brisbane, Australia, April 8-12, 2013 / Jensen, Christian S. [edit.]; et al.
University of Antwerp
This paper introduces a new approach for conflict resolution: given a set of tuples pertaining to the same entity, it is to identify a single tuple in which each attribute has the latest and consistent value in the set. This problem is important in data integration, data cleaning and query answering. It is, however, challenging since in practice, reliable timestamps are often absent, among other things. We propose a model for conflict resolution, by specifying data currency in terms of partial currency orders and currency constraints, and by enforcing data consistency with constant conditional functional dependencies. We show that identifying data currency orders helps us repair inconsistent data, and vice versa. We investigate a number of fundamental problems associated with conflict resolution, and establish their complexity. In addition, we introduce a framework and develop algorithms for conflict resolution, by integrating data currency and consistency inferences into a single process, and by interacting with users. We experimentally verify the accuracy and efficiency of our methods using real-life and synthetic data.