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Authors: Tuzhilin, Alex
Clifford, James
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Stern School of Business, New York University
Series/Report no.: IS-95-06
Abstract: The issue of periodicity is generally understood to be a desirable property of temporal data that should be supported by temporal database models and their query languages. Nevertheless, there has so far not been any systematic examination of how to incorporate this concept into a temporal DBMS. In this paper we describe two concepts of periodicity, which we call strong periodicity and near periodicity, and discuss how they capture formally two of the intuitive meanings of this term. We formally compare the expressive power of these two concepts, relate them to existing temporal query languages, and show how they can be incorporated into temporal relational database query languages, such as the proposed temporal extension to SQL, in a clean and straightforward manner.
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