International Journal of Communications and Engineering
Multistep processing is commonly used for Nearest Neighbor (NN) and similarity search in applications involving high-dimensional data and costly distance computations. Today, many such applications require a proof of result correctness. In this setting, clients issue NN queries to a server that maintains a database signed by a trusted authority. The server returns the NN set along with supplementary information that permits result verification using the data set signature. An adaptation of the multistep NN algorithm incurs prohibitive network overhead due to the transmission of false hits, i.e., records that are not in the NN set, but are nevertheless necessary for its verification.