# Questions tagged [ds.data-structures]

Properties and applications of data structures, such as space lower bounds, or time complexity of insertion and deletion of objects.

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### Bloom filter hashes: more or bigger?

In implementing a Bloom filter, the traditional approach calls for multiple independent hash functions. Kirsch and Mitzenmacher showed that you actually only need two, and can generate the rest as ...
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### How close can we get to linear multiply, add, and compare (on integers)?

Accoring to K. W. Regan's article "Connect the Stars", he mentions at the end that it is still an open problem to find a representation of integers such that the addition, multiplication, and ...
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### Efficient update of the keys in associative container

I need to maintain a set $\langle(k_1, v_1), (k_2, v_2), \dots, (k_N, v_N)\rangle$ of key-value pairs subject to the following update operation. Given two keys $a < b$ and a "shift" value $C$ as ...
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### What is the advantage of red/black trees in comparison with unbalanced trees? [closed]

In which situations would I use a red/black tree instead of an unbalanced tree?
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### Data structures lower bounds on Turing machines

Have there been any results on lower bounds for implementing data structures on Turing machines, e.g. stacks, queues, etc ? I guess that people are mostly interested in models with random access, but ...
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### Does the order of insertion affect the topology of an R-Tree

Say I have 2 permutations of the the same set of elements. I create 2 R-Trees, one for each permutation. Do I end up with 2 structurally identical R-Trees or not? PS: My elements are rectangles on a ...
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### Handbook of advanced data structures

I am looking for a book on advanced data structures that goes beyond what is covered in standard textbooks like Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, and Stein's "Introduction to Algorithms". A book that can be ...
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### On aB-trees and its practical implementation

I'm reading the paper Succincter by M. Patrascu (link). It introduces on page 7 the aB-tree. This is a regular B-ary tree that represents an array of values. It stores the element of the array in the ...
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### Dynamic and/or practical succinct data structures for triangulations

Does anybody know of any results on succinct data structures for triangulations that can be constructed efficiently, and preferably also updated efficiently? Does anybody know of practical ...
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### unique binary tree from preorder and postorder traversals of a full binary tree [closed]

If we have a preorder and postorder traversals of a full binary tree T(i.e every internal node have exactly 2 children). can we uniquely construct the corresponding full binary tree T. If so.. could ...
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### Combining multiple time-based datasources with different periods

I have two time-based data sources (one providing data by month and the other by week) that must be combined to create a third daily source (recognizing that at best we're getting one possible ...
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### How to partition 3d Voronoi graph into n-number of balanced cuts while minimizing the number of edges that go between the parts?

I have a 3d Delaunay triangulation and I construct a Voronoi diagram from it. I have a computation algorithm: for each node of the Voronoi diagram compute a value based on values that neighbouring ...
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### Formal Representation of Haskell Data-Types

I come from Haskell programming and currently writing my (Diploma/Master) thesis. I'm having trouble finding a formal/mathematical notation for a Haskell data-type. The Haskell data type is: ...
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### Minimal rare subgraphs

I am looking for any related work to the following problem. Say you have a large directed graph $G$ and you want to find rare (or unique) subgraphs of minimal size that are not isomorphic to any other ...
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### Name this list-of-lists data structure

Is there a canonical name for the following data structure for list of lists? Suppose we have got a list of length $Z$ of finite lists $[a_0,\dots,a_n], [b_0,\dots,b_m], [c_0,\dots,c_o], \dots$ of ...
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### Continuity vs Uniformity when designing Hash functions

Reading available literature (yep, including wikipedia), I see that hash functions should have (continuity) and map values that differ very little to similar/same hash codes, in particular for (hash ...
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### Lock-free, constant update-time concurrent tree data-structures?

I've been reading a bit of the literature lately, and have found some rather interesting data-structures. I have researched various different methods of getting update times down to $\mathcal{O}(1)$ ...
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### Simple k-nearest-neighbor algorithm for euclidean data with highly variable density?

An elaboration on this question, but with more constraints. The idea is the same, to find a simple, fast algorithm for k-nearest-neighbors in 2 euclidean dimensions. The bucketing grid seems to work ...
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### Merging Two Binary Search Trees

I'm looking for an algorithm to merge two binary search trees of arbitrary size and range. The obvious way I would go about implementing this would be to find entire subtrees whose range can fit into ...
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### Load-balancing; Alternate methods of keeping track of nodes?

Reading various articles in the literature have given me only a few decent methods of keeping track of nodes before->after load-balancing them on a very large network. One popular method uses virtual-...
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### Is there a name for a hashtable with a tree for each bin instead of a list?

It is well-known that the worst case performance for a chaining hashtable, is O(n), where n is the number of objects in the table. The normal assumption is that the hash is either uniform, or secure, ...
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### Optimal preprocessing for certain types of queries

Suppose we have a semigroup $(S,\circ)$ with elements $S=\lbrace s_1,s_2,\dots,s_n\rbrace$. Our goal is to compute products $s_i\circ s_{i+1}\circ \cdots\circ s_j$. In their paper "Optimal ...
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### Why would one ever use an Octree over a KD-tree?

I have some experience in scientific computing, and have extensively used kd-trees for BSP (binary space partitioning) applications. I have recently become rather more familiar with octrees, a similar ...
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### Higher-order algorithms

Most of the well-known algorithms are first-order, in the sense that their input and output are "plain" data. Some are second-order in a trivial way, for example sorting, hashtables or the map and ...
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### How do I choose a functional dictionary data structure?

I've read a bit about the following data structures: Bagwell's Ideal Hash Tries Larson's Dynamic hash tables Red-Black trees Patricia trees ...and I'm sure there are a lot of others out there. I've ...
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### What are the outstanding questions in purely functional data structures?

This question is inspired by another question about what's new in PFDS since the publication of Okasaki's book in 1998. I'll start with two questions I have: Is there a purely functional set data ...
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### Relational model for data structure reasoning

I am trying to find out if there is any work on applying the Codd's relational model (underlying relational databases) for reasoning about linked data structures. Any connections with UML models and ...
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### Dynamic Upper Envelope of lines in the plane

There are easy algorithms to calculate the upper envelope of an arrangement of lines in the plane. See e.g. section 2.3 in the survey Davenport-Schinzel sequences and their geometric applications. ...
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### Notable examples of the square root idea in complexity analysis

There are a number of algorithms and data structures which exploit the idea that $\max \left\{k, n/k\right\}$ gets its minimum value at $k=\sqrt n$. Common examples include baby-step giant-step ...
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### Data Structure isomorphisms

Disclaimer: I am not a CS theorist. Coming from abstract algebra, I'm used to dealing with things that are equal up to a isomorphism - but I'm having a trouble translating this concept to data ...
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### Trees that structure partially ordered data

Suppose we have a binary search tree $T$ built over keys from a totally ordered set, and we want to support the standard dictionary lookup $\mbox{Find}(x)$ which returns a pointer to the node ...
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### Given a B-Tree, determine the order keys were inserted

Given a B-tree, determine what order the keys were inserted in. There may be multiple answers: I'd like to generate them all. Is there any known method for this? Or similar problems? Clarification:...
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### How to automatically generate indexes and preaggregations from queries

This question might be a little ill-specified, but the idea I want to explore is: User writes a bunch of queries that they want to perform over some data (for concreteness, just consider it a read-...
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### A subset lookup algorithm

Suppose I have a list $\cal X$ of subsets of $\{1, ..., n\}$. I can do preprocessing on this list if necessary. After this preprocessing, I am presented with another set $A \subseteq \{1, ..., n \}$. ...
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### Optimal term frequency analysis

I'm looking for a term-frequency analysis structure which is more efficient than a hash table in terms of worst-case performance and speed in practice. I specifically care about the operations insert ...
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### an efficient algorithm for mismatch profile

We have M=10000 binary sequences of length N=1000. given length L=15, for each pair of sequences, $S_1$ and $S_2$, we define the mismatch profile, mp($S_1$,$S_2$,$L$)[$m$], for m=0,1,...,L as ...
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### Updates on a cache-oblivious B-tree

Lately I have been studying cache-oblivious data structures and algorithms. I was reading about the cache-oblivious B-tree from the Handbook of Data Structures and Applications, with hopes of actually ...
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### Find Shortest Pairwise Distance of Points in o(n log n)?

The following exercise has been handed out to students I supervise: Given $n$ points in the plane, devise an algorithm that finds a pair of points which distance is minimal among all pairs of ...
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### Tradeoff Bounds for Halfspace Range Counting

What is the current best bound for performing halfspace range counting queries on a set of $d$-dimensional points, expressed in the form of a time/space tradeoff. According to Matousek's seminal 1993 ...
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### Remove specific edge from ST (link-cut) tree

ST (or link cut) trees are a special kind of trees used for dynamic graph algorithms. They support the following operations in logarithmic time: CUT(v) Deletes the edge from v to its parent JOIN(v, w)...
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### Fortunes Algorithm - Beach Line Data Structure [closed]

This is a cross-post from stackoverflow. I did not recieve a good answer, I guess it is because the question is more theoretical. I have to implement Fortunes algorithm for constructing Voronoi ...
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### Rearranging strings to minimise storage in a trie

I'm currently thinking about the following problem. Problem Input: a set $W$ of strings over an alphabet $\Sigma$. Goal: permute the characters in each string so that the trie that will contain the ...
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### maintaining a balanced spanning tree of a growing undirected graph

I am looking for ways to maintain a relatively balanced spanning tree of a graph, as I add new nodes/edges to the graph. I have an undirected graph that starts as a single node, the "root". At each ...
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### Data structure for shortest paths

Let $G$ be an unweighted undirected graph with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges. Is it possible to preprocess $G$ and produce a data structure of size $m \cdot \mathrm{polylog}(n)$ so that it can answer ...
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### Self-organizing Sequential Search Heuristics

I've read the paper by Jon L. Bentley "Amortized analyses of self-organizing sequential search heuristics". It deals with different schemes for improving linear search. (such as after every access to ...
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### Non-trivial applications of Bloom filters

Does anyone have some nice examples of modifying algorithms that employ a set data structure to instead employ a Bloom filter? In other words, the damage done by the Bloom filter's false positive ...
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### What effect would using different types of orders have on a binary search tree?

Recently, I was coding a comparator function for use in a set backed by a binary search tree, and the set kept saying that it didn't contain elements that I had previously added to it. I eventually ...
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### Splittable stack

What is known about data structures that can maintain a sequence of items subject to the following two operations? Push(x): add x to the end of the sequence, and return an identifier for its position ...
What are the best known results for a data structure offering the following operations on sets of points in 2-dimensional euclidean space: $insert(x)$ $delete(x)$ $nearest(k,x)$ (where $k$ is an ...