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Foundations for Data Manipulation Analysis: Logics and Type Systems

We develop methods for the static analysis of queries based on logical decision procedures. Static analysis can be used to optimize runtime performance by compile-time automated modification of the code. For example, queries can be substituted by more efficient — yet equivalent — variants. The query containment problem has been a central point of research for major query languages due to its vital role in query optimization. Query containment is defined as determining if the result of one query is included in the result of another one for any dataset. We explore techniques for deciding query containment for expressive languages for querying richly structured data such as knowledge graphs. One major scientific difficulty here consists in dealing with problems close to the frontier of decidability, and therefore in finding useful trade-offs between programming expressivity, complexity, succinctness, algorithmic techniques and effective implementations. We also investigate type systems and type-checking methods for the analysis of the manipulations of structured data.