Constructing the Suffix Tree of a Tree with a Large Alphabet

Tetsuo SHIBUYA  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E86-A   No.5   pp.1061-1066
Publication Date: 2003/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications)
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Keyword: 
algorithm,  suffix tree,  common suffix tree,  integer alphabet,  tree pattern matching,  

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Summary: 
The problem of constructing the suffix tree of a tree is a generalization of the problem of constructing the suffix tree of a string. It has many applications, such as in minimizing the size of sequential transducers and in tree pattern matching. The best-known algorithm for this problem is Breslauer's O(nlog |Σ|) time algorithm where n is the size of the CS-tree and |Σ| is the alphabet size, which requires O(nlog n) time if |Σ| is large. We improve this bound by giving an optimal linear time algorithm for integer alphabets. We also describe a new data structure, the Bsuffix tree, which enables efficient query for patterns of completely balanced k-ary trees from a k-ary tree or forest. We also propose an optimal O(n) algorithm for constructing the Bsuffix tree for integer alphabets.