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Title: Structural characterizations of the navigational expressiveness of relation algebras on a tree
Authors: Fletcher, George H. L.
Gyssens, Marc
Paredaens, Jan
Van Gucht, Dirk
Wu, Yuqing
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Citation: JOURNAL OF COMPUTER AND SYSTEM SCIENCES, 82 (2), p. 229-259
Abstract: We study the expressiveness on a given document of various fragments of XPath, the core navigational language on XML documents. Viewing these languages as fragments of Tarski's relation algebra, we give characterizations for when a binary relation on the document's nodes (i.e., a set of paths) is definable by an expression in these algebras. In contrast with this "global view" on language semantics, there is also a "local view" where one is interested in the nodes to which one can navigate starting from a particular node. In this view, we characterize when a set of nodes can be defined as the result of applying an expression to a given node. All of these global and local definability results are obtained using a two-step methodology, which consists of first characterizing when two nodes cannot be distinguished by an expression in the language, and then bootstrapping these characterizations to the desired results. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Fletcher, George H. L.] Eindhoven Univ Technol, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, Netherlands. [Gyssens, Marc] Hasselt Univ, Hasselt, Belgium. [Paredaens, Jan] Univ Antwerp, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium. [Van Gucht, Dirk] Indiana Univ, Bloomington, IN USA. [Wu, Yuqing] Pomona Coll, Claremont, CA 91711 USA.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/20496
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcss.2015.10.002
ISI #: 000366240700005
ISSN: 0022-0000
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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