Lower bound for succinct range minimum query

Mingmou Liu, Huacheng Yu

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Given an integer array A[1..n], the Range Minimum Query problem (RMQ) asks to preprocess A into a data structure, supporting RMQ queries: given a,bg [1,n], return the index ig[a,b] that minimizes A[i], i.e., argminig[a,b] A[i]. This problem has a classic solution using O(n) space and O(1) query time by Gabow, Bentley, Tarjan (STOC, 1984) and Harel, Tarjan (SICOMP, 1984). The best known data structure by Fischer, Heun (SICOMP, 2011) and Navarro, Sadakane (TALG, 2014) uses 2n+n/(logn/t)t+Õ(n3/4) bits and answers queries in O(t) time, assuming the word-size is w=(logn). In particular, it uses 2n+n/polylogn bits of space as long as the query time is a constant. In this paper, we prove the first lower bound for this problem, showing that 2n+n/polylogn space is necessary for constant query time. In general, we show that if the data structure has query time O(t), then it must use at least 2n+n/(logn)Õ(t2) space, in the cell-probe model with word-size w=(logn).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSTOC 2020 - Proceedings of the 52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing
EditorsKonstantin Makarychev, Yury Makarychev, Madhur Tulsiani, Gautam Kamath, Julia Chuzhoy
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369794
StatePublished - Jun 8 2020
Event52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 2020 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2020Jun 26 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
ISSN (Print)0737-8017


Conference52nd Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


  • Cell-probe complexity
  • Data structure
  • Lower bound
  • Range minimum query


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