An outline of multi objective optimization in databases with focus on flexible skyline queries

Matteo Savino

The problem of optimizing across different, conceivably conflicting, criteria is called multi-objective optimization and it is widely spread across many fields. This is a recurring problem in database queries when there is the need of obtaining the best objects from a very large data set. In this article, I included a complete review of the main approaches typically used to achieve multi-criteria optimization. Starting from ranking queries and skylines and then proceeding to more advanced methods, this paper aims to define a clear outline of multi-objective optimization in databases. In particular, the flexible skyline paradigm is considered and thoroughly discussed as it overcomes many of the critical issues that arise with other methods.

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