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June 18, 2014

Speaker: Richard Drake, Computing Science Lab Technician, Faculty of Science, Ontario Tech University

Title: Towards a Concurrent Implementation of Keyword Search Over Relational Databases

Abstract: Vast amounts of data are stored in relational databases. Traditionally, querying this data required a deep understanding of the underlying schema in addition to knowledge of a query language such as structured query language (SQL). We present a framework for the automatic, lossless transformation of data from the relational model to the document model. By performing this transformation, users may locate information by using simple keyword queries. We further this by implementing graph search, allowing users to automatically discover related facts of information. The effects of performing graph search concurrently are explored, revealing a substantial reduction in graph search runtime over the serial implementation.