Bounding right-arm rotation distances

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Rotation distance measures the difference in shape between binary trees of the same size by counting the minimum number of rotations needed to transform one tree to the other. We describe several types of rotation distance where restrictions are put on the locations where rotations are permitted, and provide upper bounds on distances between trees with a fixed number of nodes with respect to several families of these restrictions. These bounds are sharp in a certain asymptotic sense and are obtained by relating each restricted rotation distance to the word length of elements of Thompson's group F with respect to different generating sets, including both finite and infinite generating sets. © World Scientific Publishing Company.

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