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Irrelevance, Polymorphism, And Erasure In Type Theory, Richard Nathan Mishra-Linger Nov 2008

Irrelevance, Polymorphism, And Erasure In Type Theory, Richard Nathan Mishra-Linger

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Dependent type theory is a proven technology for verified functional programming in which programs and their correctness proofs may be developed using the same rules in a single formal system. In practice, large portions of programs developed in this way have no computational relevance to the ultimate result of the program and should therefore be removed prior to program execution. In previous work on identifying and removing irrelevant portions of programs, computational irrelevance is usually treated as an intrinsic property of program expressions. We find that such an approach forces programmers to maintain two copies of commonly used datatypes: a ...


Window Queries Over Data Streams, Jin Li Oct 2008

Window Queries Over Data Streams, Jin Li

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Evaluating queries over data streams has become an appealing way to support various stream-processing applications. Window queries are commonly used in many stream applications. In a window query, certain query operators, especially blocking operators and stateful operators, appear in their windowed versions. Previous research work in evaluating window queries typically requires ordered streams and this order requirement limits the implementations of window operators and also carries performance penalties. This thesis presents efficient and flexible algorithms for evaluating window queries. We first present a new data model for streams, progressing streams, that separates stream progress from physical-arrival order. Then, we present ...


Semantic Components: A Model For Enhancing Retrieval Of Domain- Specific Information, Susan Loucette Price Mar 2008

Semantic Components: A Model For Enhancing Retrieval Of Domain- Specific Information, Susan Loucette Price

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Despite the success of general Internet search engines, information retrieval remains an incompletely solved problem. Our research focuses on supporting domain experts when they search domain-specific libraries to satisfy targeted information needs. The semantic components model introduces a schema specific to a particular document collection. A semantic component schema consists of a two-level hierarchy, document classes and semantic components. A document class represents a document grouping, such as topic type or document purpose. A semantic component is a characteristic type of information that occurs in a particular document class and represents an important aspect of the document’s main topic ...