On the Difficulty of Finding Optimal Relational Decompositions for XML Workloads: A Complexity Theoretic Perspective
Source: University of Wisconsin
A key problem that arises in the context of storing XML documents in relational databases is that of finding an optimal relational decomposition for a given set of XML documents and a given set of XML queries over those documents. While there have been a number of ad hoc solutions proposed for this problem, to the authors' knowledge this paper represents a first step toward formalizing the problem and studying its complexity. It turns out that to even define what one means by an optimal decomposition, one first needs to specify an algorithm to translate XML queries to relational queries, and a cost model to evaluate the quality of the resulting relational queries.