On the Comparison of Structured Data

  • Jyrko Correa-Morris
  • Noslen Hernández
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7441)


This paper introduces a theoretical framework to characterize measures on structured data. We firstly describe the lattice of structured data. Then, four basic and intuitive properties which any measure on structure data must fulfill are formally introduced. Metrics and kernel functions are studied as particular cases of (dis)similarity measures. In the case of metrics we prove that the well-known edit distances meet all the desirable properties. We also give sufficient conditions for a kernel function to satisfy those properties. Some examples are given for particular kinds of structured data.


structured data kernel functions metrics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jyrko Correa-Morris
    • 1
  • Noslen Hernández
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA)Brazil
  2. 2.Advanced Technologies Application Center (CENATAV)Cuba

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