CrowdOp: Query Optimization for Declarative Crowdsourcing Systems

CrowdOp: Query Optimization for Declarative Crowdsourcing Systems

To study the query optimization problem in declarative crowdsourcing systems. Declarative crowdsourcing is designed to hide the complexities and relieve the user the burden of dealing with the crowd. The user is only required to submit an SQL-like query and the system takes the responsibility of compiling the query, generating the execution plan and evaluating in the crowdsourcing marketplace. A given query can have many alternative execution plans and the difference in crowdsourcing cost between the best and the worst plans may be several orders of magnitude. Therefore, as in relational database systems, query optimization is important to crowdsourcing systems that provide declarative query interfaces. CROWDOP, a cost-based query optimization approach is proposed for declarative crowdsourcing systems. CROWDOP considers both cost and latency in the query optimization objectives and generates query plans that provide a good balance between the cost and latency. Efficient algorithms is developed in the CROWDOP for optimizing three types of queries: selection queries, join queries and complex selection-join queries.

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