B tree vs B+ tree

- B tree (key+data in every node),  O(log(d)(n))

  • d is degree of tree
  • h is height of tree, h<= log(d)((n+1)/2)
  • non-leaf node has n-1 key and n pointers, d<=n<=2d
  • heights of each leaf are same
  • nodes are sorted from left to right

B tree vs B+ tree


- B plus tree (key in interior nodes, key+data in leaf nodes), 

B tree vs B+ tree

linked leaf nodes for sequential access.

d can be larger than B tree because no data in interior nodes given the same pagesize.


Advantages of B+ trees:

  • Because B+ trees don't have data associated with interior nodes, more keys can fit on a page of memory. Therefore, it will require fewer cache misses in order to access data that is on a leaf node.
  • The leaf nodes of B+ trees are linked, so doing a full scan of all objects in a tree requires just one linear pass through all the leaf nodes. A B tree, on the other hand, would require a traversal of every level in the tree. This full-tree traversal will likely involve more cache misses than the linear traversal of B+ leaves.

Advantage of B trees:

  • Because B trees contain data with each key, frequently accessed nodes can lie closer to the root, and therefore can be accessed more quickly.

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