Lower Bounds for Dynamic Transitive Closure, Planar Point Location, and Parentheses Matching

Thore Husfeldt
Theis Rauhe
Søren Skyum

April 1996


We give a number of new lower bounds in the cell probe model with logarithmic cell size, which entails the same bounds on the random access computer with logarithmic word size and unit cost operations.

We study the signed prefix sum problem: given a string of length n of zeroes and signed ones, compute the sum of its ith prefix during updates. We show a lower bound of tex2html_wrap_inline25 time per operations, even if the prefix sums are bounded by tex2html_wrap_inline27 during all updates. We also show that if the update time is bounded by the product of the worst-case update time and the answer to the query, then the update time must be tex2html_wrap_inline29 .

These results allow us to prove lower bounds for a variety of seemingly unrelated dynamic problems. We give a lower bound for the dynamic planar point location in monotone subdivisions of tex2html_wrap_inline25 per operation. We give a lower bound for the dynamic transitive closure problem on upward planar graphs with one source and one sink of tex2html_wrap_inline33 per operation. We give a lower bound of tex2html_wrap_inline29 for the dynamic membership problem of any Dyck language with two or more letters. This implies the same lower bound for the dynamic word problem for the free group with k generators. We also give lower bounds for the dynamic prefix majority and prefix equality problems.

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