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Author Sagiv, Yehoshua
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1980
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract An algorithm is given for deciding whether a functional or a multivalued dependency $\textit{&sgr;}$ (with a right-hand side $\textit{Y})$ is implied by a set of functional and multivalued dependencies &Sgr;. The running time of the algorithm is $\textit{O}(|$ $\textit{Y}$ |‖&Sgr;‖), where $\textit{Y}$ is the number of attributes in $\textit{Y}$ and ‖&Sgr;‖ is the size of the description of &Sgr;. The problem of constructing the dependency basis of a set of attributes $\textit{X}$ is also investigated. It is shown that the dependency basis can be found in $\textit{O}(\textit{S}‖&Sgr;‖)$ time, where $\textit{S}$ is the number of sets in the dependency basis. Since functional and multivalued dependencies correspond to a subclass of propositional logic (that can be viewed as a generalization of Horn clauses), the algorithm given is also an efficient inference procedure for this subclass of propositional logic.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1980-04-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 27
Issue Number 2
Page Count 13
Starting Page 250
Ending Page 262

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Source: ACM Digital Library