Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Qing ZhangEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_544


Given a relation R and an attribute X of R, the domain D of X is the set of all possible values of X, and a finite set V(⊆ D)V(⊆D) denotes the distinct values of X in an instance r of R. Let V be ordered, that is, V = { vi : 1 ≤ in}V = {vi : 1 ≤ i ≤ n}, where vi < vjvi < vj if  i < ji < j. The instance r of R restricted to X is denoted by T, and can be represented as T = {( v1, f1), ⋯( vn, fn)}T = {(v1, f1), ⋯(vn, fn)}. In T, each v i is distinct and is called a value of T; and f i is the occurrence of v i in T and is called the frequency of v i, and T is called the data distribution. A histogram on data distribution T is constructed by the following two steps:
  1. 1.

    Partitioning the values of T into β(≥1)β(≥1) disjoint intervals (called buckets) – {Bi : 1 ≤ iβ}{Bi : 1 ≤ i ≤ β} – such that each value in Bi is smaller than that in Bi if i < ji < j

  2. 2.

    Approximately representing the frequencies and values in each bucket


Key Points

Histogram, as a summarization of the data...

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  1. 1.The Australian e-health Research CenterBrisbaneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Xiaofang Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Technology and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia