Title

Compressed dictionaries: Space measures, data sets, and experiments

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Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 2006

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11764298_14

Abstract

In this paper, we present an experimental study of the spacetime tradeoffs for the dictionary problem, where we design a data structure to represent set data, which consist of a subset S of n items out of a universe U = {0, 1,...,u − 1} supporting various queries on S. Our primary goal is to reduce the space required for such a dictionary data structure. Many compression schemes have been developed for dictionaries, which fall generally in the categories of combinatorial encodings and data-aware methods and still support queries efficiently. We show that for many (real-world) datasets, data-aware methods lead to a worthwhile compression over combinatorial methods. Additionally, we design a new data-aware building block structure called BSGAP that presents improvements over other data-aware methods.

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