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Abstract or Description

Data is often stored in summarized form, as a histogram of aggregates (COUNTs, SUMs, or AVeraGes) over specified ranges. We study how to estimate the original detail data from the stored summary. We formulate this task as an inverse problem, specifying a well-defined cost function that has to be optimized under constraints. We show that our formulation includes the uniformity and independence assumptions as a special case, and that it can achieve better reconstruction results if we maximize the smoothness as opposed to the uniformity. In our experiments on real and synthetic datasets, the proposed method almost consistently outperforms its competitor, improving the root-mean-square error by up to 20 per cent for stock price data, and up to 90 per cent for smoother data sets. Finally, we show how to apply this theory to a variety of database problems that involve partial information, such as OLAP, data warehousing and histograms in query optimization.



Published In

Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases.