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A fundamental problem related to graph structured databases is searching for substructures. One issue with respect to optimizing such searches is the ability to estimate the frequency of substructures within a query graph. In this work, we present and evaluate two techniques for estimating the frequency of subgraphs from a summary of the data graph. In the first technique, we assume that edge occurrences on edge sequences are position independent and summarize only the most informative dependencies. In the second technique, we prune small subgraphs using a valuation scheme that blends information about their importance and estimation power. In both techniques, we assume conditional independence to estimate the frequencies of larger subgraphs. We validate the effectiveness of our techniques through experiments on real and synthetic datasets.


Presented at the 5th European Semantic Web Conference, Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain, June 1-5, 2008.

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