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    Containment for XPath fragments under DTD constraints

    Wood, Peter (2003) Containment for XPath fragments under DTD constraints. In: Calvanese, D. and Lenzerini, M. and Motwani, R. (eds.) ICDT 2003: Database Theory. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2572. Springer, pp. 297-311. ISBN 9783540003236.

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    The containment and equivalence problems for various fragments of XPath have been studied by a number of authors. For some fragments, deciding containment (and even minimisation) has been shown to be in PTIME, while for minor extensions containment has been shown to be CONP-complete. When containment is with respect to trees satisfying a set of constraints (such as a schema or DTD), the problem seems to be more difficult. For example, containment under DTDs is CONP-complete for an XPath fragment denoted XP for which containment is in PTIME. It is also undecidable for a larger class of XPath queries when the constraints are so-called simple XPath integrity constraints (SXICs). In this paper, we show that containment is decidable for an important fragment of XPath, denoted XP{[ ],*,//}, when the constraints are DTDs. We also identify XPath fragments for which containment under DTDs can be decided in PTIME.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2021 14:16
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:52


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