Storage and retrieval considerations of binary data bases

Israel Spiegler*, Rafi Maayan

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A binary approach to data storage and retrieval is introduced. It views the data base as a two-dimensional matrix that relates entities to all possible values the attributes of these entities may take. As such, it provides a unified solution to the two conflicting types of data base transactions-operational and managerial. An analytical investigation of the feasibility of binary storage and a compression method for reducing meaningless areas of the matrix are presented. Storage efficiencies of binary and conventional inverted file methods are compared and evaluated. An analysis of retrieval considerations associated with the binary matrix is given, particularly the issue of going from high to low orders of compression. Results of these analyses indicate that the binary data base's efficiency increases with increases in query complexity. Future research directions are sited and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-254
Number of pages22
JournalInformation Processing and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985


  • Bayes theorem
  • Data base
  • compression techniques
  • data dictionary
  • data storage and retrieval
  • inverted files
  • managerial transactions
  • operational transactions


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