Uncertainty in a nested relational database model

Adnan Yazici, Alper Soysal, Bill P. Buckles, Fred E. Petry

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Some database models have already been developed to deal with complex values but they have constrains that data stored is precise and queries are crisp. However, as many researchers have pointed out, there is a need to present, manipulate, and query complex and uncertain data of various non-traditional database applications such as oceanography, multimedia, meteorology, office automation systems, engineering designs, expert database systems and geographic information systems. In this paper, we present a logical database model, which is an extension of a nested relational data model (also known as an NF2 data model), for representing and manipulating complex and uncertain data in databases. We also introduce a possible physical representation of such complex and uncertain values in databases and describe the query processing of the model that we discuss here.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-301
Number of pages27
JournalData and Knowledge Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management

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