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From: Jonathan de Halleux (dehalleux_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-08 05:41:12

Yes yes yes, is it on yahoo ?

At 18:56 7/10/2003 -0400, you wrote:

>Is there any interest in a class implementing compression algorithm for
>transition sparse bitsets. As an example of the algorithm's utility let's
>say we want to create a uniform minute by minute record of weekly
>attendance applicable to all of the existing web users worldwide. The
>user's record thus conceived must cover all, let's say 10,000,000 of the
>existing web sites and will be 60 * 24 * 7 * 10,000,000 or 100,800,000,000
>bits long. A simple observation that makes this proposition feasible,
>though, is that first, rather than storing a given user's bitset
>attendance record, what is sufficient for us to store instead is the
>user's logon and logoff times for the websites the user attended which in
>turn are represented by the bitset's transitions and second the number of
>transitions in the bitset is subject to the user's physical ability to
>attend only that many Web sites and no more. Thus the bitset's transition
>count, which in the example at hand may run in hundreds at most, is small
>relative to the bitset's mega size. The fast proliferating sources of
>information, be it the Internet or in any other mass medium, combined with
>the user's ability to absorb but a tiny part of the information available
>plus the necessity to research and monitor global flow of information,
>conditions that are not likely to change, makes transition sparse bitsets
>arguably the most important and ubiquitous bitsets in the existence. The
>ts_bitset class stores a bitset of variable length as a std::vector of the
>bitset transitions, implements the relevant part of the std::bitset
>functionality and extends it to the subintervals of the bitset. For
>example std::bitset::count() function has ts_bitset::count(pos1,pos2)
>counterpart which returns in O(n) time, n being the bitset's transition
>count, and std::bitset::any() function has a ts_bitset::any(pos1, pos2)
>counterpart which returns in Log(n) time. The ts_bitset class also
>implements operators &=, |=, and ^= that act on two equal size bitsets and
>which, along with ts_bitset member functions like reverse () or flip (),
>were not speed wise feasible for std::bitset implementation. All of the
>ts_bitset member functions return in O(n) time (O(m + n) time when 2
>bitsets are involved) or faster.

Jonathan de Halleux, Research Assistant
Center for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics (CESAME)
Universite catholique de Louvain
Batiment Euler , Av. Georges Lemaitre, 4 Tel : +32-10-47 2595
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium
E-mail : dehalleux_at_[hidden]

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