Fast Moment Estimation in Data Streams in Optimal Space

  title={Fast Moment Estimation in Data Streams in Optimal Space},
  author={Daniel M. Kane and Jelani Nelson and Ely Porat and David P. Woodruff},
We give a space-optimal streaming algorithm with update time O(log2(1/ε)loglog(1/ε)) for approximating the pth frequency moment, 0 < p < 2, of a length-n vector updated in a data stream up to a factor of 1 +/- ε. This provides a nearly exponential improvement over the previous space optimal algorithm of [Kane-Nelson-Woodruff, SODA 2010], which had update time Omega(1/eps2). When combined with the work of [Harvey-Nelson-Onak, FOCS 2008], we also obtain the first algorithm for entropy estimation… CONTINUE READING
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