Data Management

Querying Moving Objects With Uncertainty in Spatio-Temporal Databases

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Executive Summary

Spatio-temporal uncertainty is a special feature of moving objects due to the inability of precisely capturing or predicting their continuously changing locations. Indeterminate locations of moving objects at time instants add uncertainty to their topological relationships. Spatio-temporal uncertainty is important in many applications, for ex-ample, to determine whether two moving objects could possibly meet. Previous approaches, such as the 3D cylinder model and the space-time prism model have been proposed to study the spatio-temporal uncertainty. However, topological relationships between uncertain moving objects have been rarely studied and defined formally.

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