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Memory Versus Error Characteristics for Inexact Representations of Linear Orders

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Pearl, J. ; School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California

This paper addresses the following question. A computer system is presented with a very long list of ordered items and files a summarized description of the data to facilitate answering queries about the order of the items in the list. What is the minimum storage space required to guarantee that the fraction of incorrect answers remains below a specified level?

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:C-25 ,  Issue: 9 )