Date Added: Jan 2011
This work introduces novel polynomial-time algorithms for processing top-k queries in uncertain databases, under the generally adopted model of x-relations. An x-relation consists of a number of x-tuples, and each x-tuple randomly instantiates into one tuple from one or more alternatives. The results significantly improve the best known algorithms for top-k query processing in uncertain databases, in terms of both running time and memory usage. Focusing on the single-alternative case, the new algorithms are orders of magnitude faster.