Fundamental Limits of Database Alignment

Daniel Cullina, Prateek Mittal, Negar Kiyavash

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We consider the problem of aligning a pair of databases with correlated entries. We introduce a new measure of correlation in a joint distribution that we call cycle mutual information. This measure has operational significance: it determines whether exact recovery of the correspondence between database entries is possible for any algorithm. Additionally, there is an efficient algorithm for database alignment that achieves this information theoretic threshold.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781538647806
StatePublished - Aug 15 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2018 - Vail, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2018Jun 22 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Other2018 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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