Accession Number : ADA138318

Title :   Top-Down Statistical Estimation on a Database,


Personal Author(s) : Rowe,N C

PDF Url : ADA138318

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The size of data sets subjected to statistical analysis is increasing as computer technology develops. Quick estimates of statistics rather than exact values are becoming increasingly important to analysts. The author proposes a new technique for estimating statistics on a database, a top-down alternative to the bottom-up method of sampling. This approach precomputes a set of general-purpose statistics on the database, a database abstract, and then uses a large set of inference rules to make bounded estimates of other, arbitrary statistics requested by users. The inference rules form a new example of an artificial-intelligence expert system. There are several important advantages of this approach over sampling methods. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Statistical analysis, *Estimates, *Data bases, Approach, Sampling, Statistical inference, Artificial intelligence, Computations, Interrogation, Abstracts

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE