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Title: Expressiveness and complexity of XML publishing transducers
Authors: Fan, Wenfei
GEERTS, Floris
NEVEN, Frank
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: ACM
Abstract: A number of languages have been developed for specifying XML publishing, that is, transforma- tions of relational data into XML trees. These languages generally describe the behaviors of a middleware controller that builds an output tree iteratively, issuing queries to a relational source and expanding the tree with the query results at each step. To study the complexity and expres- sive power of XML publishing languages, this article proposes a notion of publishing transducers, which generate XML trees from relational data. We study a variety of publishing transducers based on what relational queries a transducer can issue, what temporary stores a transducer can use during tree generation, and whether or not some tree nodes are allowed to be virtual, that is, excluded from the output tree. We first show how existing XML publishing languages can be characterized by such transducers, and thus provide a synergy between theory and practice. We then study the membership, emptiness, and equivalence problems for various classes of trans- ducers. We establish lower and upper bounds, all matching, ranging from PTIME to undecidable. Finally, we investigate the expressive power of these transducers and existing languages. We show that when treated as relational query languages, different classes of transducers capture either complexity classes (e.g., PSPACE) or fragments of datalog (e.g., linear datalog). For tree generation, we establish connections between publishing transducers and logical transductions, among other things.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/9155
Link to publication: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1412331.1412337
DOI: 10.1145/1412331.1412337
ISI #: 000263490800006
ISSN: 0362-5915
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2010
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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