Something for (Almost) Nothing: New Advances in Sublinear-Time Algorithms

Authored by: Ronitt Rubinfeld , Eric Blais

Handbook of Big Data

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482249071
eBook ISBN: 9781482249088
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What computational problems can we solve when we only have time to look at a tiny fraction of the data? This general question has been studied from many different angles in statistics. More recently, with the recent proliferation of massive datasets, it has also become a central question in computer science as well. Essentially, all of the research on this question starts with a simple observation: Except for a very small number of special cases, the only problems that can be solved in this very restrictive setting are those that admit approximate solutions.

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