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   RE: [xml-dev] indexing and querying XML (not XQuery)

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Ok. If you have a schema, you have the description 
of the paths although combinatorial explosion can 
still occur, but since all you are doing is using 
it to create a GUI, that's fine.  It spits out a 
path(s) based on your selections.

You want the document indices. Indexing the documents  
is a different job and, although I'm no expert, 
indexing XML documents for optimized searching is 
still a dark art.  Hopefully given XQuery and 
Extreme Markup and XML 2005, we'll see more papers 
soon.  Given all the work being done with XML 
databases, that's a certainty.  So the problem 
remains indexing the text nodes and if you are 
really ambitious, the contents of the notations 
(eg, index a photo by its contents).  Work on 
that last bit is getting a lot of attention 
these days because otherwise, systems such as 
are going into transportation, ports, hospitals, 
etc, aren't as useful.   We do that here (Video Analyst).

DeRose makes me humble.  He is much smarter than 
me and a much better skater.  He is also quite 
generous with his knowledge given proper respect. 
Anyone that can make heads hurt on this list 
deserves it.  His papers on these topics from 
the late 80s are seminal.


From: Robert Koberg [mailto:rob@koberg.com]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> Loading all of that from all of the docs is like searching 
> all of the available tables to get that info.  Doable but 
> not for the faint of resources.  Add full-text to that and it 
> becomes a job for Google farms.  How well would Google 
> work if they weren't cacheing the web?

I guess this is my point. If you indexed your tables with Lucene and 
searched on *that* index you would use much less resources and it would 
be much faster. But I was talking about XML, which if search required 
bringing everything into DOMs, it would be much slower and much more 
resource intensive than a RDB.

As for Steve DeRose's stuff -- my brain hurts from reading it...


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