Matching Dependencies (MDs) are a relatively recent proposal for declarative entity resolution. They are rules that specify, given the similarities satisfied by values in a database, what values should be considered duplicates, and have to be matched. On the basis of a chase-like procedure for MD enforcement, we can obtain clean (duplicate-free) instances; actually possibly several of them. The resolved answers to queries are those that are invariant under the resulting class of resolved instances. In previous work we identified some tractable cases (i.e. for certain classes of queries and MDs) of resolved query answering. In this paper we further investigate the complexity of this problem, identifying some intractable cases. For a special case we obtain a dichotomy complexity result.

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Conference 7th Alberto Mendelzon International Workshop on Foundations of Data Management, AMW 2013
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Bertossi, L, & Gardezi, J. (Jaffer). (2013). On the complexity of query answering under matching dependencies for entity resolution. Presented at the 7th Alberto Mendelzon International Workshop on Foundations of Data Management, AMW 2013.