# Bug fixes to SPARQL algebra translation.

From: Seaborne, Andy <andy.seaborne@hp.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 18:02:12 +0100
Message-ID: <46FA9094.6040405@hp.com>
To: RDF Data Access Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
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There are two bugs in the translation of SPARQL syntax to SPARQL algebra.  One
is an out-and-out bug, the other is due to multiple interpretations of the text.

Two longer messages follow this with with full details of each.

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-dawg/2007JulSep/0177.html
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-rdf-dawg/2007JulSep/0178.html

Andy

==== Bug 1

There are two ways to get filters into the filter part of a LeftJoin.

[[
If SA is of the form OPTIONAL(Filter(F, A))
G := LeftJoin(G, A, F)
]]

but also

[[
If F is not empty:
If G = empty pattern then G := Filter(F, Z)
If G = LeftJoin(A1, A2, true) then G := LeftJoin(A1, A2, F)
If G = Join(A1, A2) then G := Filter(F, Join(A1, A2))
If G = Union(A1, A2) then G := Filter(F, Union(A1, A2))
If G = Graph(x, A) then G := Filter(F, Graph(x, A))
where x is a variable or IRI.
]]

This last part is wrong.  It should just say:

[[
If F is not empty:
G := Filter(F, G)
]]

which is the bit that makes filters scoped to the group they are in.

There are 7 tests to back up the correct form.  More details in the long message.

==== Bug 2

The text:

[[
A group pattern is mapped into the SPARQL algebra as follows: first, convert
all elements making up the group into algebra expressions using *this*
transformation process recursively, then apply the following transformation:
]]
(my emphasis above)
is unclear as to what "this" is referring to.

It affects when the simplification rule is applied.  It does not affect the
algreba translation of most queries.

The one case that is affected is where there is a double (or more) nesting in
the OPTIONAL with a filter.  It must be a nesting of at least 2.

An example is:

SELECT *
{ ?x :r ?y OPTIONAL { { ?x :p ?q FILTER (expr) } }

The filter gets into the LeftJoin by one reading, and not by the other.
Details in the long message.

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