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Author Stasko, John T. ♦ Vitter, Jeffrey Scott
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract The pairing heap has recently been introduced as a new data structure for priority queues. Pairing heaps are extremely simple to implement and seem to be very efficient in practice, but they are difficult to analyze theoretically, and open problems remain. It has been conjectured that they achieve the same amortized time bounds as Fibonacci heaps, namely, O(log n) time for delete and delete_min and O(1) for all other operations, where n is the size of the priority queue at the time of the operation. We provide empirical evidence that supports this conjecture. The most promising algorithm in our simulations is a new variant of the twopass method, called auxiliary twopass. We prove that, assuming no decrease_key operations are performed, it achieves the same amortized time bounds as Fibonacci heaps.
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 30
Issue Number 3
Page Count 16
Starting Page 234
Ending Page 249


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Source: ACM Digital Library