Ranked reverse nearest neighbor search

Ken C.K. Lee, Baihua Zheng, Wang Chien Lee

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Given a set of data points p and a query point q in a multidimensional space, Reverse Nearest Neighbor (RNN) query finds data points in p whose nearest neighbors (NNs) are q. Reverse k-NN (RkNN) query (where k ≥ 1) generalizes RNN query to find data points whose kNNs include q. For RkNN query semantics, q is said to have an influence on all those answer data points. The degree of q's influence on a data point p (ε p) is denoted by κP, where q Is the κpth NN of p. We introduce a new variant of RNN query, namely, Ranked RNN (RRNN) query, that retrieves t data points most influenced by q, i.e., the t data points having the smallest κS with respect to q. To answer this RRNN query efficiently, we propose two novel algorithms, κ-Counting and κ-Browsing that are applicable to both monochromatic and bichromatic scenarios and are able to deliver results progressively. Through an extensive performance evaluation, we validate that the two proposed RRNN algorithms are superior to solutions derived from algorithms designed for RkNN query.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4445674
Pages (from-to)894-910
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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