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Author Sinha, Ranjan ♦ Zobel, Justin
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2004
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Abstract Ongoing changes in computer architecture are affecting the efficiency of string-sorting algorithms. The size of main memory in typical computers continues to grow but memory accesses require increasing numbers of instruction cycles, which is a problem for the most efficient of the existing string-sorting algorithms as they do not utilize cache well for large data sets. We propose a new sorting algorithm for strings, burstsort, based on dynamic construction of a compact trie in which strings are kept in buckets. It is simple, fast, and efficient. We experimentally explore key implementation options and compare burstsort to existing string-sorting algorithms on large and small sets of strings with a range of characteristics. These experiments show that, for large sets of strings, burstsort is almost twice as fast as any previous algorithm, primarily due to a lower rate of cache miss.
ISSN 10846654
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2004-12-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 10846654
Journal Journal of Experimental Algorithmics (JEA)
Volume Number 9


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Source: ACM Digital Library