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move-to-root heuristic

(algorithm)

Definition: A heuristic that moves the target of a search to the root of the search tree so it is found faster next time.

Aggregate parent (I am a part of or used in ...)
splay tree.

See also move-to-front heuristic.

Note: This technique speeds up search performance only if the target item is likely to be searched for again soon.

Author: PEB


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Entry modified 17 February 2004.
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Paul E. Black, "move-to-root heuristic", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 February 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/movetoroot.html