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Heterogeneous Data Base Access


Papachristidis, Alexandros Christou (1984) Heterogeneous Data Base Access. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/5sdf-7w07.


This thesis presents a design for accessing commercially available data bases and other data base systems from a given, "local" data base system. Using this design, data from the local data base and from one or more "foreign" data bases will be integrated in framing the response to a single query. The design does not presume any standardization or integration of any kind on the part of a target data base.

An expert system has been designed, to be used by the applications programmer, for acquiring the information about a target data base, the communication path with the target computer, and the protocol for sending a data retrieval request. It also obtains from the applications programmer the nature of the data to be accessed and instructions for converting the incoming data into the "local" system's own format. This information is then associated with each word referring to data residing in the "foreign" data base, and is stored in the lexicon of the "local" system. The design also includes the extension of the underlying, host, system so that this information is properly used at the appropriate points in the processing of a user query.

State-of-the-art techniques used for interfacing heterogeneous data bases and natural language front-ends to data base systems are examined. The unique accomplishments of this thesis are identified. At the present time, there are no other systems, either commercial or research, that provide the heterogeneous access capabilities of the design presented here.

The design of Heterogeneous Data Base Access has been implemented as a part of the ASK System, A Simple Knowledgable System, providing natural language interface with the user.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Computer Science
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Computer Science
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Thompson, Frederick B.
Thesis Committee:
  • Thompson, Frederick B. (chair)
  • Mead, Carver
  • Kajiya, James Thomas
  • Wilts, Charles Harold
Defense Date:20 December 1983
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01022007-110210
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ID Code:3
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Deposited On:09 Jan 2007
Last Modified:19 Apr 2021 22:35

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