DashQL – Complete Analysis Workflows with SQL

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Thomas Neumann
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We present DashQL, a language that describes complete analysis workflows in self-contained scripts. DashQL combines SQL, the grammar of relational database systems, with a grammar of graphics in a grammar of analytics. It supports preparing and visualizing arbitrarily complex SQL statements in a single coherent language. The proximity to SQL facilitates holistic optimizations of analysis workflows covering data input, encoding, transformations, and visualizations. These optimizations use model and query metadata for visualization-driven aggregation, remote predicate pushdown, and adaptive materialization. We introduce the DashQL language as an extension of SQL and describe the efficient and interactive processing of text-based analysis workflows.