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COSC 2007 Data Structures II Chapter 14 External Methods

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2 Topics Indexing B tree Insertion deletion B+ tree

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3 External Data Structure Data structures are not always stored in the computer memory Volatile Has a limited capacity Fast, which makes it relatively expensive Sometimes, we need to store, maintain and perform operations on our data structures entirely on disk Called external data structures

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4 External Data Structure Problems: disks are much slower than memory Disk access time usually measured in milliseconds Memory access time measured in nanoseconds So the same data structures that work well in memory may be really awful on disk

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5 External Data Structure Two types of files Sequential files Access to records done in a strictly sequential manner Searching a file using sequential access takes O(n) where n is the number of records in file to be read Random files Access to records done strictly by a key look up mechanism

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6 Indexing Given the physical characteristics of secondary memory, need to optimize disk I/O Block or page is smallest unit of disk space that can be input/output Many records per block, sorted by key value In order to gain fast random access to records in block, maintain index structure Index on largest/smallest key value

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7 Indexing An index is much like an index in a book In a book, an index provides a way to quickly look up info on a particular topic by giving you a page number which you then use to go directly to the info you need In an Indexed file, the index accepts a key value and gives you back the disk address of a block of data containing the data record with that key Thus, an indexed file consists of two parts The index The actual file data

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8 B-Trees Almost all file systems on almost all computers use B-Trees to keep track of which portions of which files are in which disk sectors. B-Trees are an example of multiway trees. In multiway trees, nodes can have multiple data elements (in contrast to one for a binary tree node). Each node in a B-Tree can represent possibly many subtrees.

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9 2-3 Trees A 2-node, which has two children Must contain a single data item whose search key si greater than the left childs and less than the right childs A 3-node, which has three children Must contain two data items whose search keys satisfy certain condition A leaf node contain either one of two data items s ~~s SLSL ~~~~S, ~~

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10 m-Way Trees An m-way tree is a search tree in which each node can have from zero to m subtrees. m is defined as the order of the tree. In a nonempty m-way tree: Each node has 0 to m subtrees. Given a node with k

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11 An m-way tree A 4-way Tree Keys Subtrees K1K1 K2K2 K3K3 Keys < K 1 K 1 <=Keys < K 2 K 2 <=Keys < K 3 Keys >= K 3 A binary search tree is an m-way tree of order 2.

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12 B-Trees A B-Tree is an m-way tree with the following additional properties: The root is either a leaf or it has 2….m subtrees. All internal nodes have at least m/2 non-null subtrees and at most m nonnull subtrees. All leaf nodes are at the same level; that is, the tree is perfectly balanced. A leaf node has at least m/2 -1 and at the most m-1 entries. There are four basic operations for B-Trees: insert (add) delete (remove) traverse search

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13 A B-tree of Order 5* (m=5) *Min # of subtrees is 3 and max is 5; *Min # of entries is 2 and max is Root Node with minimum entries (2) Node with maximum entries (4) Four keys, five subtrees

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14 B-Tree Search Search in a B-tree is a generalization of search in a 2-3 tree. Perform a binary search on the keys in the current node. If the search key is found, then return the record. If the current node is a leaf node and the key is not found, then report an unsuccessful search. Otherwise, follow the proper branch and repeat the process.

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15 Insertion B-tree insertion takes place at a leaf node. Step 1: locate the leaf node for the data being inserted. if node is not full (max no. of entries) then insert data in sequence in the node. When leaf node is full, we have an overflow condition. Insert the element anyway (temporary violate tree conditions) Split node into two nodes Each new node contains half the data middle entry is promoted to the parent (which may in turn become full!) B-trees grow in a balanced fashion from the bottom up!

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16 Follow Through An Example Given a B-Tree structure of order m=5. Insert 11, 21, 14, 78, and 97. Because order 5, a single node can contain a maximum of 4 (m -1) entries. Step causes the creation of a new node that becomes the root of the tree. As 21, 14, and 78 are inserted, they are just added (in order) to the root node (which is the only node in the tree at this point. Inserting 97 causes a problem, because the node where it should go (the root) is full. 11 root root

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17 Inserting 97 When root node is full (that is, the node where the current value should go): CHEAT! Insert 97 in the node anyway. Now, because the node is larger than allowed, split it into two nodes: Propagate median value (21) to root node and insert it there (causes creation of a new root node in this case) root 97 Violation!

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18 Creation of a new Root Node Tree grows from bottom up. Tree is always balanced

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19 Continuing the Example Suppose I now add the following keys to the tree: 85, 74, 63, 42, 45, 57. Inserting 85 then Now insert 63…what happens

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20 Example, contd. 63 causes the node to overflow - but add it anyway! This node violates the B-tree conditions so it must be split split it up

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21 Example: Splitting a node Median value is to be sent to parent node - 78 here 2,3: Create a temporary root node with one entry (78) and attach links to right and left subtrees 4. Insert this node into the nodelist of the parent

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22 Example: Tree after inserting 63 Now insert 45 and 42 Then insert

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23 Example: adding 42, 45, and

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24 B-tree Deletion Deletion is done similarly If the number of items in a leaf falls below the minimum, adopt an item from a neighboring leaf If the number of items in the neighboring leaves are also minimum, combine two leaves. Their parent will then lose a child and it may need to be combined with its neighbor This combination process should be recursively executed up the tree until: Getting to the root A parent has more than the minimum number of children

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25 B+ Trees B-tree only (effectively) gives you random access to data B+ tree gives you the ability to access data sequentially as well Internal nodes do not store records, only key values to guide the search. Leaf nodes store records or pointers to to the records. A leaf node has a pointer to the next sibling node. This allows for sequential processing. An internal node with 3 keys has 4 pointers. The 3 keys are the smallest values in the last 3 nodes pointed to by the 4 pointers. The first pointer points to nodes with values less than the first key.

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26 Sample B + -Tree Los Angeles Detroit BaltimoreChicagoDetroit Redwood City Los Angeles Redwood CitySF B + -tree with n=3 interior nodes: no more than 3 pointers, but at least 2

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