Rank and select
This package provides a number of implementations of rank/select queries for bits vectors. Ranking is counting the number of ones in an initial segment of a bit vector. Selection is finding the position of the r-th one. Both operation can be performed in constant time on an array of n bits using o(n) additional bits, but in practice linear data structures with small constants and theoretically non-constant time work much better. Sux4J proposes a number of new, very efficient implementation of rank and select oriented to 64-bit processors (in other words: they will be fairly slow on 32-bit processors). The implementations are based on broadword programming and described in Sebastiano Vigna, “Broadword Implementation of Rank/Select Queries”, in Proc. of the 7th International Workshop on Experimental Algorithms, WEA 2008, volume 5038 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 154−168. Springer, 2008.
For dense arrays,
Rank9 is the basic rank implementation;
slightly slower but occupies much less space. Selection can be performed
SimpleSelect for reasonably uniform bit arrays,
Select9, which occupies more space
but guarantees practical constant-time evaluation.
For sparse arrays (e.g., representation of pointers in a bitstream)
SparseSelect. Their main
feature is that they do not require the original bit array, as they use
to implement a succint dictionary containing the positions of bits set. If the bit array
is sufficiently sparse, such a representation provides significant gains in space occupancy.
All structures can be serialised. Since in some cases the original bit vector is stored inside the structure, to
avoid saving and loading twice the same vector we suggest to pack all structures into a
Interface Summary Interface Description BalancedParenthesesA data structure providing primitives for balanced parentheses represented in a bit array. RankA data structure providing ranking over a bit array. SelectA data structure providing selection over a bit array. SelectZeroA data structure providing zero selection over a bit array.
Class Summary Class Description AbstractRankAn abstract implementation of
Rankproviding a few obvious derived methods.
HintedBsearchSelectA hinted binary-search select implementation. JacobsonBalancedParenthesesAn implementation of Jacobson's balanced parentheses data structure. Rank11A
RankSelectA serialisation-oriented container for associated rank/select(zero) structures. Select9A
SimpleSelectA simple select implementation based on a two-level inventory, a spill list and broadword bit search. SimpleSelectZeroA simple zero-select implementation based on a two-level inventory, a spill list and broadword bit search. SparseRankA rank implementation for sparse bit arrays based on the Elias–Fano representation of monotone functions. SparseSelectA select implementation for sparse bit arrays based on the Elias–Fano representation of monotone functions.