Modeling and Querying Fuzzy SOLAP-Based Framework

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Keskin S., YAZICI A.

ISPRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEO-INFORMATION, vol.11, no.3, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/ijgi11030191
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, INSPEC, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: OLAP, fuzzy SOLAP-based framework, fuzzy spatiotemporal queries, fuzzy spatiotemporal predictive query, fuzzy query visualization
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Nowadays, with the rise of sensor technology, the amount of spatial and temporal data is increasing day by day. Modeling data in a structured way and performing effective and efficient complex queries has become more essential than ever. Online analytical processing (OLAP), developed for this purpose, provides appropriate data structures and supports querying multidimensional numeric and alphanumeric data. However, uncertainty and fuzziness are inherent in the data in many complex database applications, especially in spatiotemporal database applications. Therefore, there is always a need to support flexible queries and analyses on uncertain and fuzzy data, due to the nature of the data in these complex spatiotemporal applications. FSOLAP is a new framework based on fuzzy logic technologies and spatial online analytical processing (SOLAP). In this study, we use crisp measures as input for this framework, apply fuzzy operations to obtain the membership functions and fuzzy classes, and then generate fuzzy association rules. Therefore, FSOLAP does not need to use predefined sets of fuzzy inputs. This paper presents the method used to model the FSOLAP and manage various types of complex and fuzzy spatiotemporal queries using the FSOLAP framework. In this context, we describe how to handle non-spatial and fuzzy spatial queries, as well as spatiotemporal fuzzy query types. Additionally, while FSOLAP primarily includes historical data and associated queries and analyses, we also describe how to handle predictive fuzzy spatiotemporal queries, which typically require an inference mechanism.