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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-016-20-3043


XML Database Transformations

Klaus-Dieter Schewe (Software Competence Centre Hagenberg, Austria)

Qing Wang (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Abstract: Database transformations provide a unifying umbrella for queries and updates. In general, they can be characterised by five postulates, which constitute the database analogue of Gurevich's sequential ASM thesis. Among these postulates the background postulate supposedly captures the particularities of data models and schemata. For the characterisation of XML database transformations the natural first step is therefore to define the appropriate tree-based backgrounds, which draw on hereditarily finite trees, tree algebra operations, and extended document type definitions. This defines a computational model for XML database transformation using a variant of Abstract State Machines. Then the incorporation of weak monadic second-order logic provides an alternative computational model called XML machines. The main result is that these two computational models for XML database transformations are equivalent.

Keywords: Abstract State Machine, Monadic Second-order Logic, Tree Algebra, computation background, database transformation, eXtensible Markup Language

Categories: E.1, F.1.1, F.4.1, H.2.3, I.7.2