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Date: 2003-11-07 (03:52)
From: Eray Ozkural <exa@k...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Efficient and canonical set representation?
Hello John,

I forgot to mention: this is exactly the same question that I asked aeons ago 
for representing hypergraphs on haskell list. (For those who didn't remember: 
a hypergraph is basically a collection of sets whose elements are drawn from 
a finite set X, it is the generalization of a graph in which each edge 
connects multiple vertices rather than 2)

Of course there is a way to represent hypergraphs efficiently, but it's not a 
functional way. In the optimal and general purpose iterative method, you use 
the equivalent of adjacency list representation extended to hypergraphs: 
basically an array of pins (for each net) and an array of nets (for each 

 Since you are asking this question, you probably already know this. I am 
pretty sure a good ocaml implementation doesn't exist, but the idea is the 
same as in C and you can code it ;)

If speed isn't a paramount concern over abstraction at the present you can 
hack the Hypergraph module that uses edison which I had posted to haskell 
list. If you can't find it or can't get it to work, let me know and structure 
monster will try to help :)


On Thursday 06 November 2003 18:41, Harrison, John R wrote:
> Does anyone know a representation of finite sets over an orderable
> polymorphic type that's (1) efficient and (2) canonical? Even better would
> be a CAML or OCaml implementation. More precisely I'm looking for:
>   1. Log-time lookup and insertion, and linear-time union, intersection
> etc.
>   2. Equal sets are represented by the same object.
> For example, ordered lists satisfy (2) but only part of (1), while all the
> variants of balanced trees I can remember that satisfy (1) --- AVL trees
> etc. --- fail (2).
> Thanks,
> John.
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