The patent's inventors are Dettinger,
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From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present invention relates to computer databases. More particularly, the present invention relates to techniques for creating a data abstraction model over of a set of individual databases that includes constraints on how logically related data sets are joined together and presented to a user.
"Databases are well known systems for information storage and retrieval. The most prevalent type of database used today is the relational database, i.e., a tabular database in which data is defined so that it can be reorganized and accessed in a number of different ways. A relational database management system (DBMS) uses relational techniques for storing and retrieving data.
"A database schema describes the structure of a database. For example, a relational schema describes a set of tables, columns, and primary and foreign keys that define relationships between different tables. Applications are developed that query data according to the database schema. For example, relational databases are commonly accessed using a front-end query application that is configured to perform data access routines, including searching, sorting, and query composition routines. At the back-end, software programs control data storage and respond to requests (queries) sent by users interacting with the front-end application.
"One issue faced by data mining and database query applications, however, is their close relationship with a given database schema. This relationship makes it difficult to support an application as changes are made to the corresponding underlying database schema. Further, this tightly bound relationship inhibits the migration of a query application to alternative data representations.
"Commonly assigned U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/083,075 (the '075 application), filed
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