## Abstract

The performance of a dynamic dictionary is measured mainly by its update time, lookup time, and space consumption. In terms of update time and lookup time there are known constructions that guarantee constant-time operations in the worst case with high probability, and in terms of space consumption there are known constructions that use essentially optimal space. However, although the first analysis of a dynamic dictionary dates back more than 45 years ago (when Knuth analyzed linear probing in 1963), the trade-off between these aspects of performance is still not completely understood. In this paper we settle two fundamental open problems: • We construct the first dynamic dictionary that enjoys the best of both worlds: it stores n elements using (1 + ε)n memory words, and guarantees constant-time operations in the worst case with high probability. Specifically, for any ε = Ω((log log n/log n)^{1/2}) and for any sequence of polynomially many operations, with high probability over the randomness of the initialization phase, all operations are performed in constant time which is independent of ε. The construction is a two-level variant of cuckoo hashing, augmented with a "backyard" that handles a large fraction of the elements, together with a de-amortized perfect hashing scheme for eliminating the dependency on ε. • We present a variant of the above construction that uses only (1 + o(1))B bits, where B is the information-theoretic lower bound for representing a set of size n taken from a universe of size u, and guarantees constant-time operations in the worst case with high probability, as before. This problem was open even in the amortized setting. One of the main ingredients of our construction is a permutation-based variant of cuckoo hashing, which significantly improves the space consumption of cuckoo hashing when dealing with a rather small universe.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings - 2010 IEEE 51st Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2010 |

Publisher | IEEE Computer Society |

Pages | 787-796 |

Number of pages | 10 |

ISBN (Print) | 9780769542447 |

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State | Published - 2010 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 2010 IEEE 51st Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2010 - Las Vegas, NV, United States Duration: 23 Oct 2010 → 26 Oct 2010 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS |
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ISSN (Print) | 0272-5428 |

### Conference

Conference | 2010 IEEE 51st Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2010 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | Las Vegas, NV |

Period | 23/10/10 → 26/10/10 |