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Boolean query optimization and the 0-1 hyperbolic sum problem. (English) Zbl 0870.68048

Summary: An “intelligent front-end” or “logic assistant”is an interactive program devised to assist the users of an information retrieval system in the formulation of their queries. In order to provide knowledge usable in such a program, we study a problem of query optimization with an average efficiency criterion. We formulate it as a new combinatorial optimization problem, which we call 0-1 hyperbolic sum, and provide an exact branch-and-bound algorithm and two heuristics (of simulated annealing and tabu search type) to solve it. Computational experience illustrating the effectiveness of the tabu search technique is reported.

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68N99 Theory of software
68P15 Database theory
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