A framework for annotating CSV-like data

In this presentation, we propose a simple and expressive framework for adding metadata to CSV documents and their noisy variants. The framework is based on annotating parts of the document that can be later used for selecting data. These expressions are then combined using a set of rules in order to annotate the data. We study the computational complexity of implementing our framework and present an efficient evaluation algorithm that runs in time proportional to its output and linear in its input. As a proof of concept, we test an implementation of our framework against a large number of real world datasets and show that it can be efficiently used in practice.