On B-tree Indices for Skewed Distributions
journal contributionposted on 01.06.2004 by Christos Faloutsos, H. V Jagadish
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It is often the case that the set of values over which a B-Tree is constructed has a skewed distribution. We present a geometric growth technique to manage postings records in such cases, and show that the performance of such a technique is better than that of a straightforward fixed length postings list: It guarantees 1 disk access on searching, and it takes a fraction of the space that its competitor requires (55% to 66%, in our experiments).