This paper describes a method aiming at the extraction of generalization/specialization hierarchies contained in a relational database. This reverse engineering approach takes advantage of two major characteristics: first we use DDL and DML specifications as well as data in a combined way and secondly, we provide not only generalization hierarchies but alos integrity constraints allowing us to elicit the generalization links hidden in the structures and instances of the database.
AKOKA, J., COMYN-WATTIAU, I. et LAMMARI, N. (1999). Relational Database Reverse Engineering. Elicitation of Generalization Hierarchies. Dans: Advances in Conceptual Modeling. ER’99 Workshops on Reverse Engineering in Information Systems. Springer, pp. 173-185.