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# CS6140 Asmt 4: Frequent Items solved

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Overview
In this assignment you will explore finding frequent items in data sets, with emphasis on techniques designed
to work at enormous scale.
You will use two data sets for this assignment:
• http://www.cs.utah.edu/˜jeffp/teaching/cs5140/A4/S1.txt
• http://www.cs.utah.edu/˜jeffp/teaching/cs5140/A4/S2.txt
These data sets each describe a set of 2000 characters, separated by spaces. The order of the file represents
the order of the stream.
As usual, it is highly recommended that you use LaTeX for this assignment. If you do not, you may
lose points if your assignment is difficult to read or hard to follow. Find a sample form in this directory:
http://www.cs.utah.edu/˜jeffp/teaching/latex/
1 Streaming Algorithms
A (20 points): Run the Misra-Gries Algorithm (see L12.2.2) with (k − 1) = 9 counters on streams S1
and S2. Report the output of the counters at the end of the stream.
In each stream, from just the counters, report how many objects might occur more than 20% of the time,
and which must occur more than 20% of the time.
B (20 points): Build a Count-Min Sketch (see L12.2.3) with k = 10 counters using t = 5 hash functions.
Run it on streams S1 and S2.
For both streams, report the estimated counts for objects a, b, and c. Just from the output of the sketch,
which of these objects, with probably 1 − δ = 31/32, might occur more than 20% of the time?
C (5 points): How would these algorithms need to change (to answer the same questions) if each object
of the stream was a “word” seen on Twitter, and the stream contained all tweets?
D (5 points): Name one advantage of Count-Min Sketch over the Misra-Gries algorithm.
2 BONUS
The exact heavy-hitter problem is as follows: return all objects that occur more than 10% of the time. It
cannot return any false positives or any false negatives. In the streaming setting, this requires Ω(min{m, n})
space if there are n objects that can occur and the stream is of length m.
A: (1 point) A 2-Pass streaming algorithm is one that is able to read all of the data in-order exactly twice,
but still only has limited memory. Describe a small space algorithm to solve the exact heavy hitter problem
(say for φ = 10% threshold).