Data Management

Search Algorithms for Conceptual Graph Databases

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The authors consider a database composed of a set of conceptual graphs. Using conceptual graphs and graph homomorphism it is possible to build a basic query-answering mechanism based on semantic search. Graph homomorphism defines a partial order over conceptual graphs. Since graph homomorphism checking is an NP-Complete problem, the main requirement for database organizing and managing algorithms is to reduce the number of homomorphism checks. Searching is a basic operation for database manipulating problems. They consider the problem of searching for an element in a partially ordered set. The goal is to minimize the number of queries required to find a target element in the worst case. First, they analyze conceptual graph database operations.

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