Rank-pairing heaps

Bernhard Haeupler, Siddhartha Sen, Robert E. Tarjan

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We introduce the rank-pairing heap, a heap (priority queue) implementation that combines the asymptotic efficiency of Fibonacci heaps with much of the simplicity of pairing heaps. Unlike all other heap implementations that match the bounds of Fibonacci heaps, our structure needs only one cut and no other structural changes per key decrease; the trees representing the heap can evolve to have arbitrary structure. Our initial experiments indicate that rank-pairing heaps perform almost as well as pairing heaps on typical input sequences and better on worst-case sequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlgorithms - ESA 2009 - 17th Annual European Symposium, Proceedings
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2009
Event17th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2009 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Sep 7 2009Sep 9 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5757 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other17th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms, ESA 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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