Theory Seminar: Ad-hoc Window Summation

Ran Ben-Basat (CS, Technion)
Wednesday, 25.10.2017, 12:30
Taub 201

Computing the sum of elements over a sliding window is a textbook interview question. By storing the last window and its sum in memory, we can process elements and answer queries in constant time and near-optimal space. In this talk, I will discuss a variant of this problem where the user specifies the window size i≤n query time, and only an upper bound n is known in advance.

As window sizes in practice may be large, standard practice is to settle on approximation algorithms that use sub-linear space. I will present upper and lower bounds on the space required for approximating such queries.

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