## Space-Efficient Framework for Top-k String Retrieval Problems

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Hon_space-efficientframework,

author = {Wing-kai Hon and Rahul Shah and Jeffrey Scott Vitter},

title = {Space-Efficient Framework for Top-k String Retrieval Problems },

year = {}

}

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### Abstract

Given a set D = {d1, d2,..., dD} of D strings of total length n, our task is to report the “most relevant” strings for a given query pattern P. This involves somewhat more advanced query functionality than the usual pattern matching, as some notion of “most relevant” is involved. In information retrieval literature, this task is best achieved by using inverted indexes. However, inverted indexes work only for some predefined set of patterns. In the pattern matching community, the most popular pattern-matching data structures are suffix trees and suffix arrays. However, a typical suffix tree search involves going through all the occurrences of the pattern over the entire string collection, which might be a lot more than the required relevant documents. The first formal framework to study such kind of retrieval problems was given by Muthukrishnan [25]. He considered two metrics for relevance: frequency and proximity. He took a thresholdbased approach on these metrics and gave data structures taking O(n log n) words of space. We study this problem in a slightly different framework of reporting the top k most relevant documents (in sorted order) under similar and more general relevance metrics. Our framework gives linear space data structure with optimal query times for arbitrary score functions. As a corollary, it improves the space utilization for the problems in [25] while maintaining optimal query performance. We also develop compressed variants of these data structures for several specific relevance metrics.