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Spade: A Modular Framework for Analytical Exploration of RDF Graphs


RDF data is complex; exploring it is hard, and can be done through many different metaphors. We have developed and propose to demonstrate Spade, a tool helping users discover meaningful content of an RDF graph by showing them the results of aggregation (OLAP-style) queries automatically identified from the data. Spade chooses aggregates that are visually interesting, a property formally based on statistic properties of the aggregation query results. While well understood for relational data, such exploration raises multiple challenges for RDF: facts, dimensions and measures have to be identified (as opposed to known beforehand); as there are more candidate aggregates, assessing their interestingness can be very costly; finally, ontologies bring novel specific challenges but also novel opportunities, enabling ontology-driven exploration from an aggregate initially proposed by the system. Spade is a generic, extensible framework, which we instantiated with: (i) novel methods for enumerating candidate measures and dimensions in the vast space of possibilities provided by an RDF graph; (ii) a set of aggregate interestingness functions; (iii) ontology-based interactive exploration , and (iv) efficient early-stop techniques for estimating the interestingness of an aggregate query. The demonstration will comprise interactive scenarios on a variety of large, interesting RDF graphs.
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hal-02152844 , version 1 (11-06-2019)
hal-02152844 , version 2 (03-02-2020)



Yanlei Diao, Pawel Guzewicz, Ioana Manolescu, Mirjana Mazuran. Spade: A Modular Framework for Analytical Exploration of RDF Graphs. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB), 2019, Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, Vol. 12, No. 12, 12 (12), pp.1926-1929. ⟨10.14778/3352063.3352101⟩. ⟨hal-02152844v2⟩
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