[REBOL] Interleaving strings -How? Re:(2)
From: webdev:accglobal at: 22-Sep-2000 12:10
At present there is no software (at least not in my possession).
It is currently "dreamware". The question is whether Rebol can do it in a
scalable distributed fashion.Terra Server uses this method to store
locations in their database. It is called a "Z" transform. There is no loss
of information during the
transform. The transform actually introduces an ordering pattern that mimics
physical proximity when
values are sorted sequentially.
Depending upon the resolution of the numbers you will see a pattern of
sequential blocks that start at 1deg. x 1deg and nest themselves at .1,
.01, .001, 0001, .00001, etc.
resolutions depending upon how many pairs are in the interleaved value.
If all the values in the database were to have five interleaved pairs to the
right of the decimal they would have an effective resolution of 5 decimal
places or .00001 of 1deg which is approx. 1/10000 of 110.57km or 11.057
If you have one less pair in the resolution then the interleaved value will
appear at the beginning of the next higher block and so on up. Think of them
as basins of attraction. Anything at that resolution and a specific value
will be drawn to that position in the linear series of all values. More
resolution means smaller basins of attraction within larger ones. It is
compression method that takes multiple dimensions and compresses them into
fewer dimensions (many multiple strings become single strings within a
larger string). The first transformation was from 3 to 2 dimensions. We went
from a position
on a sphere (3 dimensional object) to a two dimensional description in the
form of lat
long coordinates. The next transformation went from 2 to 1 when we performed
the "Z" transform
and descended to one dimension in the form of a value in a line (computer
linear). Tell me if this starting to look a lot like a strand of DNA.
Enzymes are to DNA the same way various parsing routines are to various
strings. They serve to extract information based on position and content.
In summary have a three dimensional (there might be more) "organism"
defined in one dimension (a string).
You can in essence have any level of resolution from 110.57 km down to 1
meter or less. Objects that are large need less precision and can be stored
with a shorter string. Although they have less precision they will still be
located in the
data file with points that are close by in the "real" world.
(Numbers are short for clarity)
Notice the ordering
33, 33.5689, 33.57, 33.58, 33.583, 33.584 34, 34.5, 34.56, 34.562, 35,
The marks illustrate the lowest resolution boundries.
The ordering of points follows a regular pattern.
Where there is no data (spelled no data or less granularity) the pattern
just turns into a void and requires no effort to maintain.
The traversal of the locations actually follows a nesting zig zag pattern
somewhat like the scan lines of wall of individual monitors depicting a
larger scene except if there is no data then the scan jumps to the next
block which can be at any resolution. Navigation can easily be accomplished
by jumping to the next level (lower resolution) by trimming the last pair of
numbers from our "Z" transform value and then walking the line by specific
Arrays within arrays in the easiest way to visualize it.
Only when we find the point of interest do we need to reverse the
transformation or do a lookup to find its' actual location coordinates in
traditional lat long format.
That's it in a nutshell.
I hope I have made this somewhat clear despite its' ad hoc nature.