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Bounded-Variable Fixpoint Queries are PSPACE-complete

Stefan Dziembowski

Computer Science Logic '96, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag, vol. 1258, pp. 89–105, Sep 1996.

We study complexity of the evaluation of fixpoint bounded- variable queries in relational databases. We exhibit a finite database such that the problem whether a closed fixpoint formula using only 2 individual variables is satisfied in this database is PSPACE-complete. This clarifies the issues raised by Moshe Vardi (Ön the Complexity of Bounded-Variable Queries", PODS 1995). We study also the complexity of query evaluation for a number of restrictions of fixpoint logic. In particular we exhibit a sublogic for which the upper bound postulated by Vardi holds.

BibTeX Citation

    author       = {Stefan Dziembowski},
    title        = {Bounded-Variable Fixpoint Queries are {PSPACE}-complete},
    editor       = {Dirk van Dalen and Marc Bezem},
    booktitle    = {Computer Science Logic~'96},
    pages        = 89--105,
    series       = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
    volume       = 1258,
    year         = 1996,
    month        = 9,
    publisher    = {Springer-Verlag},

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