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Fully Persistent Arrays for Efficient Incremental Updates and Voluminous Reads
 4th European Symposium on Programming
, 1992
"... The array update problem in a purely functional language is the following: once an array is updated, both the original array and the newly updated one must be preserved to maintain referential transparency. We devise a very simple, fully persistent data structure to tackle this problem such that ..."
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The array update problem in a purely functional language is the following: once an array is updated, both the original array and the newly updated one must be preserved to maintain referential transparency. We devise a very simple, fully persistent data structure to tackle this problem such that ffl each incremental update costs O(1) worstcase time, ffl a voluminous sequence of r reads cost in total O(r) amortized time, and ffl the data structure use O(n + u) space, where n is the size of the array and u is the total number of updates. A sequence of r reads is voluminous if r is \Omega\Gamma n) and the sequence of arrays being read forms a path of length O(r) in the version tree. A voluminous sequence of reads may be mixed with updates without affecting either the performance of reads or updates. An immediate consequence of the above result is that if a functional program is singlethreaded, then the data structure provides a simple and efficient implementation of funct...