Data Management

Probabilistic Verifiers: Evaluating Constrained Nearest-Neighbor Queries Over Uncertain Data

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Executive Summary

In applications like location-based services, sensor monitoring and biological databases, the values of the database items are inherently uncertain in nature. An important query for uncertain objects is the Probabilistic Nearest-Neighbor query (PNN), which computes the probability of each object for being the nearest neighbor of a query point. Evaluating this query is computationally expensive, since it needs to consider the relationship among uncertain objects, and requires the use of numerical integration or Monte-Carlo methods. Sometimes, a query user may not be concerned about the exact probability values.

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