Is there any possibility of improvement in the result of count-min-sketch algorithm if we will use Map Reduce approach? Improvement in performance can be in terms of accuracy, time complexity or the work done needed.

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    $\begingroup$ The result should be the same; you mean, will it be faster? $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Sep 22, 2015 at 14:30
  • $\begingroup$ What kind of improvement? Speed? Asymptotic running time or efficiency in practice? Speedup compared to what? Why do you think there might be a possibility of speedup? What are your thoughts? Please edit your question to elaborate. A one-sentence question is rarely sufficient. I encourage you to flesh out and develop your question. Give us something to work with... $\endgroup$
    – D.W.
    Sep 22, 2015 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ First answer that comes to mind is that you’d want a good sparse representation of a sketch. Second is that, if it’s relatively unlikely that many threads will try to write to the same location simultaneously, you could paralellize with a CAS loop on update. $\endgroup$
    – Davislor
    Sep 24, 2015 at 10:00

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yes. section 3.2 from here.

A key feature of the operations which manipulate the sketch is that they are largely oblivious to the current state of the data structure. That is, the updates to the sketch do not require inspection of the current state. This means that data structure is highly suitable for parallelization and distributed computation. Firstly, each row of the sketch is updated independently of others, so the sketch can be partitioned row-wise among threads on a single machine. But more than this, one can build sketches of different subsets of the data (after agreeing on the same parameters w, d and set of hash functions to use), and these sketches can be combined to give the sketch of the union of the data. Sketch combination is straightforward: given sketch arrays of size w × d, they are combined by summing them up, entry-wise. This implies that sketches can be a useful tool in large scale data analysis, within a distributed model such as MapReduce. Each machine can build and “emit” a sketch of its local data, and these can then be combined at a single machine (i.e. a single reducer simply sums up all the sketches, entry-wise) to generate the sketch of a potentially huge collection of data. This approach can be dramatically more efficient in terms of network communication (and hence time and other resources) than the solution of computing exact counts for each item, and filtering out the low counts.


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