A Unifying Property for Distribution-Sensitive Priority Queues

  • Amr Elmasry
  • Arash Farzan
  • John Iacono
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7056)


We present a priority queue that supports the operations: insert in worst-case constant time, and delete, delete-min, find-min and decrease-key on an element x in worst-case \(O(\lg(\min\{w_x, q_x\}+2))\) time, where w x (respectively, q x ) is the number of elements that were accessed after (respectively, before) the last access of x and are still in the priority queue at the time when the corresponding operation is performed. Our priority queue then has both the working-set and the queueish properties; and, more strongly, it satisfies these properties in the worst-case sense. We also argue that these bounds are the best possible with respect to the considered measures. Moreover, we modify our priority queue to satisfy a new unifying property — the time-finger property — which encapsulates both the working-set and the queueish properties.

In addition, we prove that the working-set bound is asymptotically equivalent to the unified bound (which is the minimum per operation among the static-finger, static-optimality, and working-set bounds). This latter result is of tremendous interest by itself as it had gone unnoticed since the introduction of such bounds by Sleater and Tarjan [10].

Together, these results indicate that our priority queue also satisfies the static-finger, the static-optimality and the unified bounds.


Minimum Element Priority Queue Binomial Tree Interleave Sequence Implication Relationship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amr Elmasry
    • 1
  • Arash Farzan
    • 2
  • John Iacono
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für InformatikSaarbrückenGermany
  3. 3.Polytechnic Institute of New York UniverityBrooklynUSA

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