2023-05-22

# A nearly optimal randomized algorithm for explorable heap selection

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*Presented at the 24th International Conference on Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization, IPCO 2023 (June 2023), Madison, WI, USA*

Explorable heap selection is the problem of selecting the nth smallest value in a binary heap. The key values can only be accessed by traversing through the underlying infinite binary tree, and the complexity of the algorithm is measured by the total distance traveled in the tree (each edge has unit cost). This problem was originally proposed as a model to study search strategies for the branch-and-bound algorithm with storage restrictions by Karp, Saks and Widgerson (FOCS ’86), who gave deterministic and randomized n·exp(O(logn)) time algorithms using O(log (n) 2.5) and O(logn) space respectively. We present a new randomized algorithm with running time O(nlog (n) 3) against an oblivious adversary using O(log n) space, substantially improving the previous best randomized running time at the expense of slightly increased space usage. We also show an Ω(log (n) n/ log (log (n) ) ) lower bound for any algorithm that solves the problem in the same amount of space, indicating that our algorithm is nearly optimal.

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doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-32726-1_3 | |

Lecture Notes in Computer Science | |

Towards a Quantitative Theory of Integer Programming | |

24th International Conference on Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization, IPCO 2023 | |

Organisation | Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands |

Borst, S.J, Dadush, D.N, Huiberts, S, & Kashaev, D. (2023). A nearly optimal randomized algorithm for explorable heap selection. In
Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization, IPCO 2023 (pp. 29–43). doi:10.1007/978-3-031-32726-1_3 |