The purpose of semantic query optimization is to use semantic knowledge (e.g. integrity constraints) for transforming a query into an equivalent one that may be answered more efficiently than the original version. This paper proposes a general method for semantic query optimization in the framework of OODBs (Object Oriented Database Systems). The method is applicable to the class of conjunctive queries and is based on two ingredients: a description logic able to express both class descriptions and integrity constraints rules (IC rules) as types; subsumption computation between types to evaluate the logical implications expressed by IC rules.
Using Subsumption in Semantic Query Optmization / Beneventano, Domenico; Bergamaschi, Sonia; S., Lodi; C., Sartori. - STAMPA. - technical report CRIN 93-R-156:(1993), pp. 19-31. (Intervento presentato al convegno IJCAI Workshop Object-Based Representation Systems tenutosi a Chambery (FR) nel August 1993).