In this chapter, we return to the problem of implementing an `SSet`.
The difference now is that we assume the elements stored in the `SSet` are
-bit integers. That is, we want to implement
,
,
and
where
. It is not too hard
to think of plenty of applications where the data--or at least the key
that we use for sorting the data--is an integer.

We will discuss three data structures, each building on the ideas of
the previous. The first structure, the `BinaryTrie` performs all three
`SSet` operations in
time. This is not very impressive, since
any subset of
has size
, so that
. All the other `SSet` implementations discussed in
this book perform all operations in
time so they are all
at least as fast as a `BinaryTrie`.

The second structure, the `XFastTrie`, speeds up the search in a
`BinaryTrie` by using hashing. With this speedup, the
operation runs in
time. However,
and
operations in an `XFastTrie` still take
time and the space used
by an `XFastTrie` is
.

The third data structure, the `YFastTrie`, uses an `XFastTrie` to store
only a sample of roughly one out of every
elements and stores the
remaining elements a standard `SSet` structure. This trick reduces the
running time of
and
to
and decreases
the space to
.

The implementations used as examples in this chapter can store any type of data, as long an integer can be associated with it. In the code samples, the variable is always the integer value associated with , and the method converts to its associated integer. In the text, however, we will simply treat as if it is an integer.