Data structures for highly efficient querying of spatial data

Mario R Sanchez, Florida International University


The virtual quadrilateral is the coalescence of novel data structures that reduces the storage requirements of spatial data without jeopardizing the quality and operability of the inherent information. The data representative of the observed area is parsed to ascertain the necessary contiguous measures that, when contained, implicitly define a quadrilateral. The virtual quadrilateral then represents a geolocated area of the observed space where all of the measures are the same. The area, contoured as a rectangle, is pseudo-delimited by the opposite coordinates of the bounding area. Once defined, the virtual quadrilateral is representative of an area in the observed space and is represented in a database by the attributes of its bounding coordinates and measure of its contiguous space. Virtual quadrilaterals have been found to ensure a lossless reduction of the physical storage, maintain the implied features of the data, facilitate the rapid retrieval of vast amount of the represented spatial data and accommodate complex queries. The methods presented herein demonstrate that virtual quadrilaterals are created quite easily, are stable and versatile objects in a database and have proven to be beneficial to exigent spatial data applications such as geographic information systems.

Subject Area

Computer science

Recommended Citation

Sanchez, Mario R, "Data structures for highly efficient querying of spatial data" (2005). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI3169473.