I am happy to announce that our research paper “Inclusion Dependency Discovery:An Experimental Evaluation of Thirteen Algorithms” has been accepted for presentation at has been accepted at CIKM 2019.

Authors: Falco Dürsch, Axel Stebner, Fabian Windheuser, Maxi Fischer, Tim Friedrich, Nils Strelow, Tobias Bleifuß, Hazar Harmouch, Lan Jiang, Thorsten Papenbrock and Felix Naumann


Inclusion dependencies are an important type of metadata in relational databases, because they indicate foreign key relationships and serve a variety of data management tasks, such as data linkage, query optimization, and data integration. The discovery of inclusion dependencies is, therefore, a well-studied problem and has been addressed by many algorithms. Each of these discovery algorithms follows its own strategy with certain strengths and weaknesses, which makes it difficult for data scientists to choose the optimal algorithm for a given profiling task. This paper summarizes the different state-of-the-art discovery approaches and discusses their commonalities. For evaluation purposes, we carefully re-implemented the thirteen most popular discovery algorithms and discuss their individual properties. Our extensive evaluation on several real-world and synthetic datasets shows the unbiased performance of the different discovery approaches and, hence, provides a guideline on when and where each approach works best. Comparing the different runtimes and scalability graphs, we identify the best approaches for certain situations and demonstrate where certain algorithms fail.