Compact Encodings of List Structure

@article{Bobrow1979CompactEO,
  title={Compact Encodings of List Structure},
  author={Daniel G. Bobrow and Douglas W. Clark},
  journal={ACM Trans. Program. Lang. Syst.},
  year={1979},
  volume={1},
  pages={266-286}
}
List structures provide a general mechanism for representing easily changed structured data, but can introduce inefficiencies in the use of space when fields of uniform size are used to contain pointers to data and to link the structure. Empirically determined regularity can be exploited to provide more space-efficient encodings without losing the flexibility inherent in list structures. The basic scheme is to provide compact pointer fields big enough to accommodate most values that occur in… CONTINUE READING
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