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Section: New Results

Query Enumeration

Query enumeration is the problem of enumerating the results of a query over a database one by one; the goal is to obtain, after some initial low preprocessing time (e.g., linear in the data), one solution after the other with low delay (e.g., constant-time) in between.

In a first work [26], we consider the enumeration of MSO queries over strings under updates. For each MSO query we build an index structure enjoying the following properties: The index structure can be constructed in linear time, it can be updated in logarithmic time and it allows for constant delay time enumeration. This improves from the previous known index structures allowing for constant delay enumeration that would need to be reconstructed from scratch, hence in linear time, in the presence of updates. We allow relabeling updates, insertion of individual labels and removal of individual labels.

In a second work [29], we consider the evaluation of first-order queries over classes of databases that are nowhere dense. The notion of nowhere dense classes was introduced by Nešetřil and Ossona de Mendez as a formalization of classes of “sparse” graphs and generalizes many well-known classes of graphs, such as classes of bounded degree, bounded treewidth, or bounded expansion. It has recently been shown by Grohe, Kreutzer, and Siebertz that over nowhere dense classes of databases, first-order sentences can be evaluated in pseudo-linear time (pseudo-linear time means that for all ε there exists an algorithm working in time O(n1+ε), where n is the size of the database). For first-order queries of higher arities, we show that over any nowhere dense class of databases, the set of their solutions can be enumerated with constant delay after a pseudo-linear time preprocessing. In the same context, we also show that after a pseudo-linear time preprocessing we can, on input of a tuple, test in constant time whether it is a solution to the query.