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Top-k query has long been a crucial problem in multiple fields of computer science, such as data processing and information retrieval. In emerging cyber-physical systems, where there can be a large number of users searching information directly into the physical world, many new challenges arise for top-k query processing. From the client's perspective, users may request different sets of information, with different priorities and at different times. Thus, top-k search should not only be multidimensional, but also be across time domain. From the system's perspective, data collection is usually carried out by small sensing devices. Unlike the data centers used for searching in the cyber-space, these devices are often extremely resource constrained and system efficiency is of paramount importance.
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