I'm looking for a copy of Guy Jacobson's PhD thesis: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=915547 but I couldn't find it so far. Does anybody know where can I access it ? I really need it.

Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ worldcat.org/title/succinct-static-data-structures/oclc/… $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2011 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ Did you ask your local university library? The thesis seems to be available in many university libraries, and I would be very surprised if you could not get a copy of it through the interlibrary services. $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2011 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, there is no reason not to include the name of the author and the precise title of the thesis in your question. $\endgroup$ Oct 23, 2011 at 23:06
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    $\begingroup$ I edited the title and added Jacobson's name to the question. $\endgroup$
    – Jeffε
    Oct 24, 2011 at 14:17
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    $\begingroup$ Libraries at university usually have inter-loan arrangements, try asking someone in your library to request a copy from CMU's library. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Oct 26, 2011 at 9:33

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You could try writing CMU to ask for a copy of the technical report version; Jacobson's thesis is technical report number CMU-CS-89-112. No idea if this would actually work though.

It's also possible, but unlikely, that Jacobson's advisor has an electronic copy.

As a last resort, you (or your advisor, or your university library) can order a copy from ProQuest, the entity formerly known as University Microfilms. [Sorry, there's no way to link directly; just search for "Guy Jacobson".] A PDF copy costs \$37; a softbound paper copy costs \$59.


you can find a paper copied pdf here.


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    $\begingroup$ This paper is based on Jacobson's thesis, but it is not the same thing at all. $\endgroup$
    – Ted Hopp
    Dec 27, 2019 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ @TedHopp Since the thesis is not readily available (and the preview proquest.com/docview/303540527 doesn't contain a lot of information), would you know (or would someone else) have an idea of how much additional information, specifically relating to trees, is in the thesis compared to the paper? $\endgroup$
    – Simon F
    May 10 at 8:00

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