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Optimizing Sample Design for Approximate Query Processing


  • Philipp Rösch

    (Business Intelligence Practice, SAP Research, Dresden, Germany)

  • Wolfgang Lehner

    (Database Technology Research Group, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany)


The rapid increase of data volumes makes sampling a crucial component of modern data management systems. Although there is a large body of work on database sampling, the problem of automatically determine the optimal sample for a given query remained (almost) unaddressed. To tackle this problem the authors propose a sample advisor based on a novel cost model. Primarily designed for advising samples of a few queries specified by an expert, the authors additionally propose two extensions of the sample advisor. The first extension enhances the applicability by utilizing recorded workload information and taking memory bounds into account. The second extension increases the effectiveness by merging samples in case of overlapping pieces of sample advice. For both extensions, the authors present exact and heuristic solutions. Within their evaluation, the authors analyze the properties of the cost model and demonstrate the effectiveness and the efficiency of the heuristic solutions with a variety of experiments.

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  • Philipp Rösch & Wolfgang Lehner, 2013. "Optimizing Sample Design for Approximate Query Processing," International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations (IJKBO), IGI Global, vol. 3(4), pages 1-21, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jkbo00:v:3:y:2013:i:4:p:1-21

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