(data structure)

Definition: A spatial access method which splits space in hierarchically nested, possibly overlapping, boxes. The tree is height-balanced. It is similar to the R-tree, but reinserts entries upon overflow, rather than splitting.

Note: After [GG98].

Author: PEB


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Entry modified 23 February 2010.
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Paul E. Black, "R*-tree", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 23 February 2010. (accessed TODAY) Available from:

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