Minimal Indices for Successor Search

(Extended Abstract)
  • Sarel Cohen
  • Amos Fiat
  • Moshik Hershcovitch
  • Haim Kaplan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8087)


We give a new successor data structure which improves upon the index size of the Pǎtraşcu-Thorup data structures, reducing the index size from O(n w 4/5) bits to O(n logw) bits, with optimal probe complexity. Alternatively, our new data structure can be viewed as matching the space complexity of the (probe-suboptimal) z-fast trie of Belazzougui et al. Thus, we get the best of both approaches with respect to both probe count and index size. The penalty we pay is an extra O(logw) inter-register operations. Our data structure can also be used to solve the weak prefix search problem, the index size of O(n logw) bits is known to be optimal for any such data structure.

The technical contributions include highly efficient single word indices, with out-degree w/logw (compared to the w 1/5 out-degree of fusion tree based indices). To construct such high efficiency single word indices we device highly efficient bit selectors which, we believe, are of independent interest.


Predecessor Search Succinct Data Structures Cell Probe Model Fusion Trees Tries Word RAM model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarel Cohen
    • 1
  • Amos Fiat
    • 1
  • Moshik Hershcovitch
    • 1
  • Haim Kaplan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceTel Aviv UniversityIsrael

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