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A Statistical Approach Towards Robust Progress Estimation

Arnd Christian König, Bolin Ding, Surajit Chaudhuri, and Vivek R. Narasayya


The need for accurate SQL progress estimation in the context of decision support administration has led to a number of techniques proposed for this task. Unfortunately, no single one of these progress estimators behaves robustly across the variety of SQL queries encountered in practice, meaning that each technique performs poorly for a significant fraction of queries. This paper proposes a novel estimator selection framework that uses a statistical model to characterize the sets of conditions under which certain estimators outperform others, leading to a significant increase in estimation robustness. The generality of this framework also enables us to add a number of novel “special purpose” estimators which increase accuracy further. Most importantly, the resulting model generalizes well to queries very different from the ones used to train it. We validate our findings using a large number of industrial real-life and benchmark workloads.


Publication typeArticle
Published inProceedings of the VLDB Endowment, the 38th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2012)
PublisherVery Large Data Bases Endowment Inc.
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