The complexity of maintaining a set under the operations Insert, Delete and FindMin is considered. In the comparison model it is shown that any randomized algorithm with expected amortized cost t comparisons per Insert and Delete has expected cost at least n/(e22t)-1 comparisons for FindMin. If FindMin is replaced by a weaker operation. FindAny, then it is shown that a randomized algorithm with constant expected cost per operation exists; in contrast, it is shown that no deterministic algorithm can have constant cost per operation. Finally, a deterministic algorithm with constant amortized cost per operation for an offline version of the problem is given.
Nordic Journal of Computing, 1996, Vol 3, Issue 4, p. 337-351
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5th Scandinavian Workshop on Algorithm Theory. SWAT '96, 1996