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Streaming Partitioning of Sequences and Trees

Author Christian Konrad

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Christian Konrad. Streaming Partitioning of Sequences and Trees. In 19th International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 48, pp. 13:1-13:18, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)


We study streaming algorithms for partitioning integer sequences and trees. In the case of trees, we suppose that the input tree is provided by a stream consisting of a depth-first-traversal of the input tree. This captures the problem of partitioning XML streams, among other problems. We show that both problems admit deterministic (1+epsilon)-approximation streaming algorithms, where a single pass is sufficient for integer sequences and two passes are required for trees. The space complexity for partitioning integer sequences is O((1/epsilon) * p * log(nm)) and for partitioning trees is O((1/epsilon) * p^2 * log(nm)), where n is the length of the input stream, m is the maximal weight of an element in the stream, and p is the number of partitions to be created. Furthermore, for the problem of partitioning integer sequences, we show that computing an optimal solution in one pass requires Omega(n) space, and computing a (1+epsilon)-approximation in one pass requires Omega((1/epsilon) * log(n)) space, rendering our algorithm tight for instances with p,m in O(1).
  • Streaming Algorithms
  • XML Documents
  • Data Partitioning
  • Communication Complexity


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