Deterministic indexing for packed strings

Philip Bille, Inge Li Gørtz, Frederik Rye Skjoldjensen

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Given a string S of length n, the classic string indexing problem is to preprocess S into a compact data structure that supports efficient subsequent pattern queries. In the deterministic variant the goal is to solve the string indexing problem without any randomization (at preprocessing time or query time). In the packed variant the strings are stored with several character in a single word, giving us the opportunity to read multiple characters simultaneously. Our main result is a new string index in the deterministic and packed setting. Given a packed string S of length n over an alphabet σ, we show how to preprocess S in O(n) (deterministic) time and space O(n) such that given a packed pattern string of length m we can support queries in (deterministic) time O (m/α + log m + log log σ), where α = w/log σ is the number of characters packed in a word of size w = θ(log n). Our query time is always at least as good as the previous best known bounds and whenever several characters are packed in a word, i.e., log σ
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 28th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching
Number of pages6
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9783959770392
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event28th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching - University of Warsaw Library, Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 4 Jul 20176 Jul 2017


Conference28th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching
LocationUniversity of Warsaw Library
SeriesLeibniz International Proceedings in Informatics


  • Information Sources and Analysis
  • Combinatorial Mathematics, Includes Graph Theory, Set Theory
  • Deterministic algorithm
  • Suffix array
  • Suffix tree
  • Word packing
  • Pattern matching
  • Trees (mathematics)
  • Compact data structure
  • Deterministic algorithms
  • Pattern query
  • Pattern strings
  • Preprocessing time
  • Single words
  • Suffix arrays
  • Suffix-trees

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