# Order statistic tree

In computer science, an **order statistic tree** is a variant of the binary search tree (or more generally, a B-tree[1]) that supports two additional operations beyond insertion, lookup and deletion:

- Select(
*i*) — find the*i'*th smallest element stored in the tree - Rank(
*x*) – find the rank of element*x*in the tree, i.e. its index in the sorted list of elements of the tree

Both operations can be performed in *O*(log *n*) worst case time when a self-balancing tree is used as the base data structure.

## Augmented search tree implementation

To turn a regular search tree into an order statistic tree, the nodes of the tree need to store one additional value, which is the size of the subtree rooted at that node (i.e., the number of nodes below it). All operations that modify the tree must adjust this information to preserve the invariant that

size[x] = size[left[x]] + size[right[x]] + 1

where `size[nil] = 0`

by definition. Select can then be implemented as[2]^{:342}

functionSelect(t, i) // Returns the i'th element (zero-indexed) of the elements in t l ← size[left[t]]ifi = l return key[t]else ifi < l return Select(left[t], i)elsereturn Select(right[t], i - (l + 1))

Rank can be implemented as[3]^{:342}

functionRank(T, x) // Returns the position of x (one-indexed) in the linear sorted list of elements of the tree T r ← size[left[x]] + 1 y ← xwhiley ≠ T.rootify = right[y.p] r ← r + size[left[y.p]] + 1 y ← y.preturnr

Order-statistic trees can be further amended with bookkeeping information to maintain balance (e.g., tree height can be added to get an order statistic AVL tree, or a color bit to get a red-black order statistic tree). Alternatively, the size field can be used in conjunction with a weight-balancing scheme at no additional storage cost.[4]

## References

- "Counted B-Trees". 11 December 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Cormen, Thomas H.; Leiserson, Charles E.; Rivest, Ronald L.; Stein, Clifford (2001) [1990].
*Introduction to Algorithms*(2nd ed.). MIT Press and McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-262-03293-7. - Cormen, Thomas H.; Leiserson, Charles E.; Rivest, Ronald L.; Stein, Clifford (2009) [1990].
*Introduction to Algorithms*(3rd ed.). MIT Press and McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-262-03384-4. - Roura, Salvador (2001).
*A new method for balancing binary search trees*. ICALP. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.**2076**. pp. 469–480. doi:10.1007/3-540-48224-5_39. ISBN 978-3-540-42287-7.

## External links

- Order statistic tree on PineWiki, Yale University.
- The Python package blist uses order statistic B-trees to implement lists with fast insertion at arbitrary positions.