package Tree::M;
use Carp;
use DynaLoader;
BEGIN {
$VERSION = 0.01;
@ISA = qw(DynaLoader);
bootstrap Tree::M, $VERSION;
}
=head1 NAME
Tree::M - implement M-trees for efficient "multimedia-searched"
=head1 SYNOPSIS
use Tree::M;
$M = new Tree::M
=head1 DESCRIPTION
(not yet)
Ever had the problem of managing multi-dimensional (spatial) data but your
database only had one-dimensional indices (b-tree etc.)? Queries like
select data from table where latitude > 40 and latitude < 50
and longitude> 50 and longitude< 60;
are quite inefficient, unless longitude and latitude are part of the same
spatial index (e.g. an R-tree).
An M-tree is an index tree that does not directly look at the stored keys
but rather requires a I (a metric, e.g. a vector norm) function
to be defined that sorts keys according to their distance. In the example
above the distance function could be the maximum norm (C). The lookup above would then be something like this:
my $res = $M->range([45,55], 5);
This module implements an M-tree. Although the data structure and the
distance function is arbitrary, the current version only implements
n-dimensional discrete vectors and hardwires the distance function to the
suared euclidean metric (i.e. C<(x1-x2)**2 + (y1-y2)**2 + (z1-z2)**2 +
...>). Evolution towards more freedom is expected ;)
=head2 THE Tree::M CLASS
=over 4
=item $M = new Tree::M ndims, min, max, steps
Creates a new M-Tree. Before it can be used you have to call one of the
C or C methods.
ndims the number of dimensions each vector has
min the lowest allowable scalar value in each dimension
max the maximum allowable number
steps the number of discrete steps (used when stored externally)
Example: create an M-Tree that stores 8-bit rgb-values:
$M = new Tree::M 3, 0, 255, 256;
Example: create an M-Tree that stores coordinates from -1..1 with 100 different steps:
$M = new Tree::M 2, -1, 1, 100;
=item $M->open(path)
=item $M->create($path)
Open or create the external storage file C<$path> and associate it with the tree.
[this braindamaged API will go away ;)]
=item $M->insert(\@v, $data)
Insert a vector (given by an array reference) into the index and associate
it with the value C<$data> (a 32-bit integer).
=item $res = $M->range(\@v, $radius)
Search all entries not farther away from C<@v> then C<$radius> and return
an arrayref containing the searchresults.
Each result is again anarrayref composed like this:
[\@v, $data]
e.g. the same as given to the C method.
=item $res = $M->top(\@v, $n)
Return the C<$n> "nearest neighbours". The results arrayref (see C)
contains the C<$n> index values nearest to C<@v>, sorted for distance.
=item $distance = $M->distance(\@v1, \@v2)
Calculcate the distance between two vectors, just as they databse engine
would do it.
=item $depth = $M->maxlevel
Return the maximum height of the tree (usually a small integer specifying
the length of the path from the root to the farthest leaf)
=cut
=back
=head1 BUGS
Inserting too many duplicate keys into the tree cause the C++ library to
die, so don't do that.
=head1 AUTHOR
Marc Lehmann .
=head1 SEE ALSO
perl(1), L.
=cut
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