In this paper we investigate the manipulation of large sets of 2-dimensional data representing multiple overlapping features (e.g. semantically distinct overlays of a given region), and we present a new access method, the MOF-tree. We perform an analysis with respect to the storage requirements and a time analysis with respect to window query operations involving multiple features (e.g. to verify if a constraint defined on multiple overlays holds or not inside a certain region). We examine both the pointer-based as well as the pointerless MOF-tree representations, using as space complexity measure the number of bits used in main memory and the number of disk pages in secondary storage respectively. In particular, we show that the new structure is space competitive in the average case, both in the pointer version and in the linear version, with respect to multiple instances of a region quadtree and a linear quadtree respectively, where each instance represents a single feature. Concerning the time performance of the new structure, we analyze the class of window (range) queries, posed on the secondary memory implementation. We show that the I/O worst-case time complexity for processing a number of window queries in the given image space, is competitive with respect to multiple instances of a linear quadtree, as confirmed by experimental results. Finally, we show that the MOF-tree can efficiently support spatial join processing in a spatial DBMS.

MOF-tree: a Spatial Access Method to Manipulate Multiple Overlapping Features

PROIETTI, GUIDO
1997-01-01

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the manipulation of large sets of 2-dimensional data representing multiple overlapping features (e.g. semantically distinct overlays of a given region), and we present a new access method, the MOF-tree. We perform an analysis with respect to the storage requirements and a time analysis with respect to window query operations involving multiple features (e.g. to verify if a constraint defined on multiple overlays holds or not inside a certain region). We examine both the pointer-based as well as the pointerless MOF-tree representations, using as space complexity measure the number of bits used in main memory and the number of disk pages in secondary storage respectively. In particular, we show that the new structure is space competitive in the average case, both in the pointer version and in the linear version, with respect to multiple instances of a region quadtree and a linear quadtree respectively, where each instance represents a single feature. Concerning the time performance of the new structure, we analyze the class of window (range) queries, posed on the secondary memory implementation. We show that the I/O worst-case time complexity for processing a number of window queries in the given image space, is competitive with respect to multiple instances of a linear quadtree, as confirmed by experimental results. Finally, we show that the MOF-tree can efficiently support spatial join processing in a spatial DBMS.
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