Fully Dynamic and Memory-Adaptative Spatial Approximation Trees

Diego Arroyuelo, Gonzalo Navarro and Nora Reyes

Hybrid dynamic spatial approximation trees are recently proposed data structures for searching in metric spaces, based on combining the concepts of spatial approximation and pivot based algorithms. These data structures are hybrid schemes, with the full features of dynamic spatial approximation trees and able of using the available memory to improve the query time. It has been shown that they compare favorably against alternative data structures in spaces of medium difficulty.

In this paper we complete and improve hybrid dynamic spatial approximation trees, by presenting a new search alternative, an algorithm to remove objects from the tree, and an improved way of managing the available memory. The result is a fully dynamic and optimized data structure for similarity searching in metric spaces.