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Theory Seminar

An Optimal Binary Search Tree?

Seth Pettie, PhD., Assistant Professor, EECS

Dynamic Optimality—Almost

Erik D. Demaine † Dion Harmon John Iacono† Mihai Patra scu


We present an O(lg lg n)-competitive online binary search tree, improving upon the best previous(trivial) competitive ratio of O(lg n). This is the first major progress on Sleator and Tarjan’s dynamic optimality conjecture of 1985 that O(1)-competitive binary search trees exist.

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