Semantic Integration in Heterogeneous Databases Using Neural Networks.

Wen-Syan Li, Chris Clifton: Semantic Integration in Heterogeneous Databases Using Neural Networks. VLDB 1994: 1-12
  author    = {Wen-Syan Li and
               Chris Clifton},
  editor    = {Jorge B. Bocca and
               Matthias Jarke and
               Carlo Zaniolo},
  title     = {Semantic Integration in Heterogeneous Databases Using Neural
  booktitle = {VLDB'94, Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, September 12-15, 1994, Santiago de Chile, Chile},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1994},
  isbn      = {1-55860-153-8},
  pages     = {1-12},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/vldb94-1.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/94},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


One important step in integrating heterogeneous databases is matching equivalent attributes: Determining which fields in two databases refer to the same data. The meaning of information may be embodied within a database model, a conceptual schema, application programs, or data contents. Integration involves extracting semantics, expressing them as metadata, and matching semantically equivalent data elements. We present a procedure using a classifier to categorize attributes according to their field specifications and data values, then train a neural network to recognize similar attributes. In our technique, the knowledge of how to match equivalent data elements is ``discovered'' from metadata, not ``pre-programmed''.

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Jorge B. Bocca, Matthias Jarke, Carlo Zaniolo (Eds.): VLDB'94, Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September 12-15, 1994, Santiago de Chile, Chile. Morgan Kaufmann 1994, ISBN 1-55860-153-8
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