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A Fenwick tree or binary indexed tree is a data structure that can efficiently update elements and calculate prefix sums in a table of numbers. This structure was proposed by Peter Fenwick in to improve the efficiency of arithmetic coding compression algorithms. When compared with a flat array of numbers, the Fenwick tree achieves a much better balance between two operations: In the first case, computing prefix sums requires linear time; in the second case, updating the array elements requires linear time in both cases, the other operation can be performed in constant time.
This is achieved by representing the numbers as a treewhere the value of each node is the sum of the numbers in that subtree. Given a table of elements, it is sometimes desirable to binary indexed tree the running total of values up binary indexed tree each index according to some associative binary operation addition on integers being by far the most common.
Fenwick trees provide a method to query the running total binary indexed tree any index, in addition to allowing changes to the underlying value table and having all further queries reflect those changes. Fenwick trees are particularly designed to implement the arithmetic coding algorithm, which maintains counts of each symbol produced and needs to convert those to the cumulative probability of a symbol less than a given symbol.
Development of operations it supports were primarily motivated by use in that case. Fenwick trees can be extended to update and query subarrays of multidimensional arrays. Although Fenwick trees are trees in concept, in practice they are implemented as an implicit data structure using a flat array analogous to implementations of a binary heap. Given an index in the array representing a vertex, the index of a vertex's parent or child is calculated through bitwise operations on the binary representation of its binary indexed tree.
Each element of the array contains the pre-calculated sum of a range of values, and by combining that sum with additional ranges encountered during an upward traversal binary indexed tree the root, the binary indexed tree sum is calculated. When a table value is modified, all range sums which contain the modified value are in turn modified during a similar traversal of the tree.
Other efficient operations include locating the index of a value if all values are positive, or all indices with a given value if all values are non-negative. A Fenwick tree is most easily understood binary indexed tree considering a binary indexed tree array. Each element whose index i is a power of 2 contains the sum of the first i elements. Elements whose indices are the sum of two distinct powers of 2 contain the sum of the binary indexed tree since the preceding power of 2.
In general, each element contains the sum of the values since its parent in the tree, and that parent is found by clearing the least-significant bit in the index. To find the sum up binary indexed tree any given index, consider the binary expansion of the index, and add elements which correspond to each 1 bit in the binary form. For example, say one wishes to find the sum of the first eleven values. Eleven is 2 in binary.
This contains three 1 bits, so three elements must be added: These contain the sums of values 1—8, 9—10, and 11, respectively. To modify the eleventh value, the elements which must be modified are 222and all higher powers of 2 up to the size of the array. These contain the sums of values 11, 9—12, and 1—16, respectively. The maximum number of elements which may need to be updated is limited by the number of bits in the size of the array.
A simple C implementation follows. The setup phase for the Fenwick tree is linear in the number of array elements, but subsequent queries are substantially faster. In this case binary indexed tree Fenwick binary indexed tree is around times faster including setup cost. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Return the sum of the first i elements, 0 through binary indexed tree Returns the sum of the elements [i.