Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann


These are the introductory slides of the seminar.

If you are interested in participating, please reach out to youri.kaminsky(at)hpi.de. Please include a note if the current time slot does not fit your schedule. We would try to reschedule our meetings to allow more students to participate.


Data profiling is the process of extracting metadata from datasets. One important aspect is the discovery of data dependencies, such as Functional Dependencies (FDs), Inclusion Dependencies (INDs) and Unique Column Combinations (UCCs). However, the increasing size of datasets presents a challenge to traditional approaches of data profiling. Therefore, this seminar focuses on sampling-based methods for approximate data profiling.

First, the students become familiar with related work as an inspiration. Afterwards, each student team develops own ideas. These can concern both the sampling process itself or the actual discovery in the sample. The students turn their ideas into working algorithms. There are two main goals for each algorithm:
1) Find a set of dependencies that is close to the actual solution.
2) Minimize the required runtime.
Datasets for benchmarking are provided to the students.
Finally, the students present their approaches and write a short report.


Time Table

19.04.2022 F-E.06Seminar introduction
10.05.2022 F-E.06Present 1 paper of related work
14.06.2022 F-E.06Midterm presentation
19.07.2022 F-E.06Final presentation
29.07.2022Submission deadline


  • Learn about the research area data profiling
  • Read papers and understand them
  • Craft a novel solution to the problem of sample-based profiling
  • Run experiments and evaluate results
  • Present results in written and oral form



  • Seminar for master students 
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 12

Topics will be presented in the first session (Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in room F-E0.6 at 13:30). For group assignments, participants will have to write us an email individually.


We do not require any prior knowledge about data profiling.

However, there are some requirements for participating in the course:

  • Interest in the topic
  • Interest in working with large data sets
  • Java (at least basic skills)


In the seminar, each participant will develop an approach in the research area of sampling-based data profiling and write a short report. The final grade consists of the following three parts:

  • Approach (35%)
  • Written report (35%)
  • Presentations and discussions in the seminar (30%)