Social business intelligence is the discipline of combining corporate data with user-generated content (UGC) to let decision-makers improve their business based on the trends perceived from the environment. A key role in the analysis of textual UGC is played by topics, meant as specific concepts of interest within a subject area. To enable aggregations of topics at different levels, a topic hierarchy is to be defined. Some attempts have been made to address some of the peculiarities of topic hierarchies, but no comprehensive solution has been found so far. The approach we propose to model topic hierarchies in ROLAP systems is called meta-stars. Its basic idea is to use meta-modeling coupled with navigation tables and with traditional dimension tables: navigation tables support hierarchy instances with different lengths and with non-leaf facts, and allow different roll-up semantics to be explicitly annotated; meta-modeling enables hierarchy heterogeneity and dynamics to be accommodated; dimension tables are easily integrated with standard business hierarchies. After outlining a reference architecture for social business intelligence and describing the meta-star approach, we discuss its effectiveness and efficiency by showing its querying expressiveness and by presenting some experimental results for query performances.

Meta-stars: multidimensional modeling for social business intelligence

GALLINUCCI, ENRICO;GOLFARELLI, MATTEO;RIZZI, STEFANO
2013

Abstract

Social business intelligence is the discipline of combining corporate data with user-generated content (UGC) to let decision-makers improve their business based on the trends perceived from the environment. A key role in the analysis of textual UGC is played by topics, meant as specific concepts of interest within a subject area. To enable aggregations of topics at different levels, a topic hierarchy is to be defined. Some attempts have been made to address some of the peculiarities of topic hierarchies, but no comprehensive solution has been found so far. The approach we propose to model topic hierarchies in ROLAP systems is called meta-stars. Its basic idea is to use meta-modeling coupled with navigation tables and with traditional dimension tables: navigation tables support hierarchy instances with different lengths and with non-leaf facts, and allow different roll-up semantics to be explicitly annotated; meta-modeling enables hierarchy heterogeneity and dynamics to be accommodated; dimension tables are easily integrated with standard business hierarchies. After outlining a reference architecture for social business intelligence and describing the meta-star approach, we discuss its effectiveness and efficiency by showing its querying expressiveness and by presenting some experimental results for query performances.
Proceedings DOLAP
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E. Gallinucci; M. Golfarelli; S. Rizzi
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