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A compressed alternative to the Java BitSet class
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JavaEWAH (c) 2009-2012 Daniel Lemire (http://lemire.me/en/), Cliff Moon (https://github.com/cliffmoon), David McIntosh (https://github.com/mctofu), Robert Becho (https://github.com/RBecho), and Colby Ranger (https://github.com/crangeratgoogle) This code is licensed under Apache License, Version 2.0 (ASL2.0). This is a word-aligned compressed variant of the Java Bitset class. We provide both a 64-bit and a 32-bit RLE-like compression scheme. It can be used to implement bitmap indexes. The goal of word-aligned compression is not to achieve the best compression, but rather to improve query processing time. Hence, we try to save CPU cycles, maybe at the expense of storage. However, the EWAH scheme we implemented is always more efficient storage-wise than an uncompressed bitmap (as implemented in the java BitSet class by Sun). For better performance, use a 64-bit JVM over 64-bit CPUs when using the 64-bit scheme (javaewah.EWAHCompressedBitmap). The 32-bit version (javaewah32.EWAHCompressedBitmap32) should compress better but be comparatively slower. For more details regarding the compression format, please see Section 3 of the following paper: Daniel Lemire, Owen Kaser, Kamel Aouiche, Sorting improves word-aligned bitmap indexes. Data & Knowledge Engineering 69 (1), pages 3-28, 2010. http://arxiv.org/abs/0901.3751 (The PDF file is freely available on the arXiv site.) == Unit testing == As of October 2011, this packages relies on Maven. To test it: mvn test See http://maven.apache.org/guides/introduction/introduction-to-the-lifecycle.html for details. === Usage == See example.java. == Maven central repository == You can download JavaEWAH from the Maven central repository: http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/com/googlecode/javaewah/JavaEWAH/ You can also specify the dependency in the Maven "pom.xml" file: <dependencies> <dependency> <groupId>com.googlecode.javaewah</groupId> <artifactId>JavaEWAH</artifactId> <version>0.5.0</version> </dependency> </dependencies> Naturally, you should replace "version" by the version you desire.