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Purely Functional RandomAccess Lists
 In Functional Programming Languages and Computer Architecture
, 1995
"... We present a new data structure, called a randomaccess list, that supports array lookup and update operations in O(log n) time, while simultaneously providing O(1) time list operations (cons, head, tail). A closer analysis of the array operations improves the bound to O(minfi; log ng) in the wor ..."
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We present a new data structure, called a randomaccess list, that supports array lookup and update operations in O(log n) time, while simultaneously providing O(1) time list operations (cons, head, tail). A closer analysis of the array operations improves the bound to O(minfi; log ng) in the worst case and O(log i) in the expected case, where i is the index of the desired element. Empirical evidence suggests that this data structure should be quite efficient in practice. 1 Introduction Lists are the primary data structure in every functional programmer 's toolbox. They are simple, convenient, and usually quite efficient. The main drawback of lists is that accessing the ith element requires O(i) time. In such situations, functional programmers often find themselves longing for the efficient random access of arrays. Unfortunately, arrays can be quite awkward to implement in a functional setting, where previous versions of the array must be available even after an update. Since arra...
Confluently Persistent Deques via DataStructural Bootstrapping
 J. of Algorithms
, 1993
"... We introduce datastructural bootstrapping, a technique to design data structures recursively, and use it to design confluently persistent deques. Our data structure requires O(log 3 k) worstcase time and space per deletion, where k is the total number of deque operations, and constant worstcase t ..."
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We introduce datastructural bootstrapping, a technique to design data structures recursively, and use it to design confluently persistent deques. Our data structure requires O(log 3 k) worstcase time and space per deletion, where k is the total number of deque operations, and constant worstcase time and space for other operations. Further, the data structure allows a purely functional implementation, with no side effects. This improves a previous result of Driscoll, Sleator, and Tarjan. 1 An extended abstract of this paper was presented at the 4th ACMSIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, 1993. 2 Supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellowship, National Science Foundation Grant No. CCR8920505, and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) under NSFSTC8809648. 3 Also affiliated with NEC Research Institute, 4 Independence Way, Princeton, NJ 08540. Research at Princeton University partially supported by the National Science Foundatio...
The Role of Lazy Evaluation in Amortized Data Structures
 In Proc. of the International Conference on Functional Programming
, 1996
"... Traditional techniques for designing and analyzing amortized data structures in an imperative setting are of limited use in a functional setting because they apply only to singlethreaded data structures, yet functional data structures can be nonsinglethreaded. In earlier work, we showed how lazy e ..."
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Traditional techniques for designing and analyzing amortized data structures in an imperative setting are of limited use in a functional setting because they apply only to singlethreaded data structures, yet functional data structures can be nonsinglethreaded. In earlier work, we showed how lazy evaluation supports functional amortized data structures and described a technique (the banker's method) for analyzing such data structures. In this paper, we present a new analysis technique (the physicist's method) and show how one can sometimes derive a worstcase data structure from an amortized data structure by appropriately scheduling the premature execution of delayed components. We use these techniques to develop new implementations of FIFO queues and binomial queues. 1 Introduction Functional programmers have long debated the relative merits of strict versus lazy evaluation. Although lazy evaluation has many benefits [11], strict evaluation is clearly superior in at least one area:...
Purely Functional, RealTime Deques with Catenation
 Journal of the ACM
, 1999
"... We describe an efficient, purely functional implementation of deques with catenation. In addition to being an intriguing problem in its own right, finding a purely functional implementation of catenable deques is required to add certain sophisticated programming constructs to functional programming ..."
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We describe an efficient, purely functional implementation of deques with catenation. In addition to being an intriguing problem in its own right, finding a purely functional implementation of catenable deques is required to add certain sophisticated programming constructs to functional programming languages. Our solution has a worstcase running time of O(1) for each push, pop, inject, eject and catenation. The best previously known solution has an O(log k) time bound for the k deque operation. Our solution is not only faster but simpler. A key idea used in our result is an algorithmic technique related to the redundant digital representations used to avoid carry propagation in binary counting.
Realtime Garbage Collection of a Functional Persistent Heap
, 1999
"... Traditional database management systems perform updatesinplace and use logs and periodic checkpointing to efficiently achieve atomicity and durability. In this Thesis we shall present a different method, Shades, for achieving atomicity and durability using a copyonwrite policy instead of updates ..."
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Traditional database management systems perform updatesinplace and use logs and periodic checkpointing to efficiently achieve atomicity and durability. In this Thesis we shall present a different method, Shades, for achieving atomicity and durability using a copyonwrite policy instead of updatesinplace. We shall also present index structures and the implementation of Shines, a persistent functional programming language, built on top of Shades. Shades includes realtime generational garbage collection. Realtimeness is achieved by collecting only a small part, a generation, of the database at a time. Contrary to previously presented persistent garbage collection algorithms, Shades has no need to maintain metadata (remembered sets) of intrageneration pointers on disk since the metadata can be reconstructed during recovery. This considerably reduces the amount of disk writing. In conjunction with aggressive commit grouping, efficient index structures, a design specialized to a main memory environment, and a carefully crafted implementation of Shines, we have achieved surprisingly high performance, handsomely beating commercial database management systems.
A Probabilistic Approach to the Problem of Automatic Selection of Data Representations
 In Proceedings of the 1996 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming
, 1996
"... The design and implementation of efficient aggregate data structures has been an important issue in functional programming. It is not clear how to select a good representation for an aggregate when access patterns to the aggregate are highly variant, or even unpredictable. Previous approaches rely o ..."
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The design and implementation of efficient aggregate data structures has been an important issue in functional programming. It is not clear how to select a good representation for an aggregate when access patterns to the aggregate are highly variant, or even unpredictable. Previous approaches rely on compiletime analyses or programmer annotations. These methods can be unreliable because they try to predict program behaviors before they are executed. We propose a probabilistic approach, which is based on Markov processes, for automatic selection of data representations. The selection is modeled as a random process moving in a graph with weighted edges. The proposed approach employs coin tossing at runtime to aid choosing suitable data representations. The transition probability function used by the coin tossing is constructed in a simple and common way from a measured cost function. We show that, under this setting, random selection of data representations can be quite effective. Th...
Benchmarking Purely Functional Data Structures
 Journal of Functional Programming
, 1999
"... When someone designs a new data structure, they want to know how well it performs. Previously, the only way to do this involves finding, coding and testing some applications to act as benchmarks. This can be tedious and timeconsuming. Worse, how a benchmark uses a data structure may considerably af ..."
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When someone designs a new data structure, they want to know how well it performs. Previously, the only way to do this involves finding, coding and testing some applications to act as benchmarks. This can be tedious and timeconsuming. Worse, how a benchmark uses a data structure may considerably affect the efficiency of the data structure. Thus, the choice of benchmarks may bias the results. For these reasons, new data structures developed for functional languages often pay little attention to empirical performance. We solve these problems by developing a benchmarking tool, Auburn, that can generate benchmarks across a fair distribution of uses. We precisely define "the use of a data structure", upon which we build the core algorithms of Auburn: how to generate a benchmark from a description of use, and how to extract a description of use from an application. We consider how best to use these algorithms to benchmark competing data structures. Finally, we test Auburn by benchmarking ...
Theory and Applications of Inverting Functions as Folds
"... This paper is devoted to the proof, applications, and generalisation of a theorem, due to Bird and de Moor, that gave conditions under which a total function can be expressed as a relational fold. The theorem is illustrated with three problems, all dealing with constructing trees with various proper ..."
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This paper is devoted to the proof, applications, and generalisation of a theorem, due to Bird and de Moor, that gave conditions under which a total function can be expressed as a relational fold. The theorem is illustrated with three problems, all dealing with constructing trees with various properties. It is then generalised to give conditions under which the inverse of a partial function can be expressed as a relational hylomorphism. The proof makes use of Doornbos and Backhouse's theory on wellfoundedness and reductivity. Possible applications of the generalised theorem is then discussed.