Skip Lists: A Probabilistic Alternative to Balanced Trees

  title={Skip Lists: A Probabilistic Alternative to Balanced Trees},
  author={William Pugh},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
Skip lists are data structures that use probabilistic balancing rather than strictly enforced balancing. As a result, the algorithms for insertion and deletion in skip lists are much simpler and significantly faster than equivalent algorithms for balanced trees. 
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