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Title: A multidimensional model representing continuous fields in spatial data warehouses
Authors: VAISMAN, Alejandro 
Zimányi, Esteban
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: ACM
Source: Agrawal, Divyakant & Aref, Walid G. & Lu, Chang-Tien & Mokbel, Mohamed F. & Scheuermann, Peter & Shahabi, Cyrus & Wolfson, Ouri (Ed.) Proceedings of the 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Symposium on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, ACM-GIS 2009: vol. 17. p. 168-177.
Abstract: Data warehouses and On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) provide an analysis framework supporting the decision making process. In many application domains, complex analysis tasks often require to take geographical information into account. Several proposals exist for integrating OLAP and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). However, there are very few attempts to support continuous fields, i.e., phenomena that are perceived as having a value at each point in space and/or time. Examples of such phenomena include temperature, altitude, or land use. In this paper, we extend a conceptual multidimensional model with continuous fields, showing that this can be achieved by defining an appropriate data type that encapsulates the different operations needed for manipulating such fields. We also define a query language based on relational calculus that allows expressing spatial OLAP queries involving continuous fields, and use this language to formally characterize this class of queries.
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ISBN: 978-1-60558-649-6
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
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