A Direct Translation from XPath to Nondeterministic Automata

Provided by: RWTH Aachen University
Topic: Data Management
Format: PDF
Since navigational aspects of XPath correspond to first-order definability, it has been proposed to use the analogy with the very successful technique of translating LTL into automata, and produce efficient translations of XPath queries into automata on unranked trees. These translations can then be used for a variety of reasoning tasks such as XPath consistency, or optimization, under XML (eXtensible Markup Language) schema constraints. In the verification scenarios, translations into both nondeterministic and alternating automata are used. But while a direct translation from XPath into alternating automata is known, only an indirect translation into non-deterministic automata - going via intermediate logics - exists.

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