TY - GEN

T1 - Counting inversions, offline orthogonal range counting, and related problems

AU - Chan, Timothy M.

AU - Pǎtraşcu, Mihai

PY - 2010/5/6

Y1 - 2010/5/6

N2 - We give an O(n√lg n)-time algorithm for counting the number of inversions in a permutation on n elements. This improves a long-standing previous bound of O(n lg n/ lg lg n) that followed from Dietz's data structure [WADS'89], and answers a question of Andersson and Petersson [SODA'95]. As Dietz's result is known to be optimal for the related dynamic rank problem, our result demonstrates a significant improvement in the offline setting. Our new technique is quite simple: we perform a "vertical partitioning" of a trie (akin to van Emde Boas trees), and use ideas from external memory. However, the technique finds numerous applications: for example, we obtain • in d dimensions, an algorithm to answer n offline orthogonal range counting queries in time O(n lgd-2+1/dn); • an improved construction time for online data structures for orthogonal range counting; • an improved update time for the partial sums problem; • faster Word RAM algorithms for finding the maximum depth in an arrangement of axis-aligned rectangles, and for the slope selection problem. As a bonus, we also give a simple (1 + ε)-approximation algorithm for counting inversions that runs in linear time, improving the previous O(n lg lg n) bound by Andersson and Petersson.

AB - We give an O(n√lg n)-time algorithm for counting the number of inversions in a permutation on n elements. This improves a long-standing previous bound of O(n lg n/ lg lg n) that followed from Dietz's data structure [WADS'89], and answers a question of Andersson and Petersson [SODA'95]. As Dietz's result is known to be optimal for the related dynamic rank problem, our result demonstrates a significant improvement in the offline setting. Our new technique is quite simple: we perform a "vertical partitioning" of a trie (akin to van Emde Boas trees), and use ideas from external memory. However, the technique finds numerous applications: for example, we obtain • in d dimensions, an algorithm to answer n offline orthogonal range counting queries in time O(n lgd-2+1/dn); • an improved construction time for online data structures for orthogonal range counting; • an improved update time for the partial sums problem; • faster Word RAM algorithms for finding the maximum depth in an arrangement of axis-aligned rectangles, and for the slope selection problem. As a bonus, we also give a simple (1 + ε)-approximation algorithm for counting inversions that runs in linear time, improving the previous O(n lg lg n) bound by Andersson and Petersson.

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M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:77951680652

SN - 9780898717013

T3 - Proceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

SP - 161

EP - 173

BT - Proceedings of the 21st Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

T2 - 21st Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

Y2 - 17 January 2010 through 19 January 2010

ER -