A Metric Index for Approximate Text Management

V. Dohnal (Czech Republic), C. Gennaro (Italy), and P. Zezula (Czech Republic)


metric data, similarity search, index structures, similarity join


Text collections of data need not only search support for identical objects, but the approximate matching is even more important. A suitable metric to such a task is the edit distance measure. However, the quadratic computational complexity of edit distance prevents from applying naive storage organizations, such as the sequential search, and more sophisticated search structures must be applied. We have investigated the properties of the D-index to approximate searching and matching in text databases. The experiments confirm a very good performance for retrieving close objects and sub-linear scalability to process large files. Even the similarity joins can be performed efficiently.

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