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Python implementation of the dgim algorithm: Compact datastructure to estimate the number of "True" in the last N elements of a boolean stream.

Project description

Python implementation of the DGIM algorithm: a compact datastructure to estimate the number of True statements in the last N elements of a boolean stream.


  • Estimation of the number of “True” statements in the last N element of a boolean stream
  • Low memory footprint.
  • Tunable error rate (the lower the error rate, the higher the memory footprint)


When processing large streams of data such as clicks streams, server logs, financial streams. It is often necessary to maintain statistics about the N latest elements. If N is big or if you have many streams to process, it is not possible to store the N latest elements.

In such situations, if the processed stream is made of boolean, the DGIM algorithm can help you estimate the number of True statements in the last elements.

For instance, if the stream is made of server logs, DGIM algorithm can estimate the proportion of visits that come from search engines. (as opposed to direct access, or access through paid search)


At the command line:

$ pip install dgim


Sample code:

from dgim import Dgim
dgim = Dgim(N=32, error_rate=0.1)
for i in range(100):
dgim_result = dgim.get_count() # 30 (exact result is 32)


The project is licensed under the BSD license.


How to contribute

  1. Check for open issues or open a fresh issue to start a discussion around a feature idea or a bug.
  2. Fork the repository on GitHub to start making your changes to the master branch (or branch off of it).
  3. Write a test which shows that the bug was fixed or that the feature works as expected.
  4. Send a pull request and bug the maintainer until it gets merged and published. :) Make sure to add yourself to AUTHORS.



0.2.0 (2015-01-05)

  • Improved documentation
  • Make most methods and attribute private.

0.1.0 (2015-01-04)

  • First release on PyPI.

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