Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science |

- 1 Institut fur Mathematische Stochastik

We give several examples for Poisson approximation of quantities of interest in the analysis of algorithms: the distribution of node depth in a binary search tree, the distribution of the number of losers in an election algorithm and the discounted profile of a binary search tree. A simple and well-known upper bound for the total variation distance between the distribution of a sum of independent Bernoulli variables and the Poisson distribution with the same mean turns out to be very useful in all three cases.

Source: HAL:hal-01184029v1

Volume: DMTCS Proceedings vol. AD, International Conference on Analysis of Algorithms

Section: Proceedings

Published on: January 1, 2005

Imported on: May 10, 2017

Keywords: binary search tree,multiplicity of maxima,tree profile,[INFO.INFO-DS] Computer Science [cs]/Data Structures and Algorithms [cs.DS],[INFO.INFO-DM] Computer Science [cs]/Discrete Mathematics [cs.DM],[MATH.MATH-CO] Mathematics [math]/Combinatorics [math.CO],[INFO.INFO-CG] Computer Science [cs]/Computational Geometry [cs.CG],[INFO.INFO-HC] Computer Science [cs]/Human-Computer Interaction [cs.HC]

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