from array update algorithm to nice Haskell code

Wolfgang Jeltsch wolfgang at
Fri Jan 9 19:17:48 EST 2004

Am Mittwoch, 31. Dezember 2003 00:06 schrieb Daan Leijen:
> Hi Wolfgang,
> > is there some documentation about the complexity of the FiniteMap and Set
> > operations?

> [...]

> Also, all DData functions have their complexity listed in the documentation.
> See: <>
> The operations in the "Data.FiniteMap" library in Ghc have the same
> complexity of the operations in the "DData.Map" library. The "Data.Set"
> library in Ghc is based on the FiniteMap library (and thus has the same
> complexity)

In the Set module of DData the time complexities of difference and 
intersection are given as O(n + m).  So I assume that the comlexities of 
minusSet and intersect from Data.Set are also O(n + m).

Now assume that I have a set a with O(n) elements and a set b with O(1) 
elements.  a `minusSet` b would take O(n) time and so would a `intersect` b.  
If I'd use
    foldr (flip delFromSet) a (setToList b)
    [x | x <- setToList b, x `elementOf` a]
instead of a `minusSet` b and a `intersect` b, I would get away with O(log n) 

Is this true?


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