the algorithmic problem of ordering a set of elements with respect to some ordering relation.

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Min-max selection sort

Is there already modified version of selection sort that works like this pseudocode: ...
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Complexity of Sorting Integers on a Multitape Turing Machine

How expensive is sorting integers on a Multitape Turing Machine? The usual algorithms rely on indirect access, so how much does losing it cost us? Say we have $N$ integers from $[0, 2^B)$. It's not ...
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Does shell sort skip some keys when increment is large compared to size of list?

I am completing a written assignment about sorting. In it we have to show what a list would look like after each pass of a shell sort. However I am not sure what to do with some keys that don't have a ...
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Runtime analysis of sorting an array with known number of inversions

I'm having difficulties with analyzing the worst-case runtime of this following case: I'm given an array that has $n$ natural numbers. Out of all $\binom{n}{2} = \frac{n(n-1)}{2}$ possible pairs ...
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Computing the complement of a set

Suppose I have a set $A$ of elements in $\{1, \ldots, n\}$, given as an unordered list. I would like to compute the complement of $A$, i.e., I would like to produce an unordered list of entries in ...
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How do you return the k smallest elements of an array using Mergesort?

I'd like to create a modified mergesort algorithm to return the k smallest elements of an array. The mergesort algorithm below sorts an unordered array of size n. How do I modify the algorithm so that ...
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Difference in Sorting 32- and 64-bit Integers

In 2007, Barrack Obama was interviewed at Google. The question was, "What is the best way to sort a million 32-bit integers?" Does the fact that the size range of the integer was specified elude to a ...
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Word Frequency with Ordering in O(n) Complexity

During an interview for a Java developer position, I was asked the following: Write a function that takes two params: a String representing a text document and an integer providing the ...
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What is the average-case running time of Fun-sort?

I read this paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166218X04001131?np=y (you can check the PDF online for free), and I translated section 4's Fun-sort algorithm (correct me if I'm ...
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Sorting numbers in $O(1)$

Here is an experiment I came up with (I don't have sufficient material to make it): Say that, you have a list of $n$ numbers $L = \{l_1, l_2, ..., l_n\}$. And you have bars representing those numbers ...
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is there a sorting algorithm of order $\log n!$

Is there any sorting algorithm that takes order of $\log n!$ in the worst case? I know that this is the lower bound for sorting algorithms using comparison based sorting. I know that there are ...
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Quicksort implementation unclear

This code is taken from wikipedia: ...
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Why does introsort use heapsort rather than mergesort?

As part of a homework assignment covering implementation of introsort I'm asked why heapsort is used rather than mergesort (or other $O(n\log(n))$ algorithms for that matter). Introsort is a ...
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Linearithmic lower bound for 1-D “distinct” closest pair of points problem

The 1-D distinct closest pair of points problem is as follows: Given a set of n distinct integer points on real line, find a pair of points with the smallest distance between them, here the distance ...
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Dual-pivot Quicksort reference implementation?

Has some sort of canonical - or reference - implementation of Dual-pivot Quicksort been posted anywhere? I would like to include that algorithm in a comparison among sorting algorithms for a ...
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Why don't we calculate swaps and other steps except comparison for finding time complexity of a sorting algorithm? [duplicate]

I was learning some basic sorting techniques with their complexity. However I cannot understand why only the number of comparisons are taken into account while calculating time complexity and ...
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Find the minimum amount of swaps to sort array

When getting source array length, I want to generate the array of swaps that need to be performed in order to sort the source array. I want to make this array as small as possible. Swaps will be ...
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A home assignment. C language [closed]

Help would be much appreciated. "Receive a number and reorder it from the largest to the smallest. Input: 13252 Output: 53221 Cant use arrays... Only while, for, if/else ... any idea? i'm ...
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QuickSort Dijkstra 3-Way Partitioning: why the extra swapping?

Given the algorithm above (taken from the slides (p. 35) of the Coursera course “Algorithms Part I” by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne), look at the scenario where i is at "X", the following ...
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Proving the Bubblesort actually sorts

Say $A'$ is the output of $\mathrm{Bubblesort}(A)$ on an array of length $N$. To prove that Bubblesort works, we have to prove that it always terminates and that $$A'[0]\leq A'[1] \leq \dots \leq ...
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Given $k$ sorted lists, $O(n \log k)$ complexity, Mergesort rather than Heapsort

I was convinced that my idea for a solution to sort $k$ sorted lists into one list would work with a 'variation' on MergeSort. I was told this would not work and had to use Heapsort, but didn't get ...
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How can I quantify the number of swaps required for insertion sort?

Based on the Wikipedia implementation of insertion sort: Given an input array $A$: ...
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Choosing the optimal radix/number-of-buckets when sorting n-bit integers using radix sort

This is a popular question: What is the most efficient (in time complexity) way to sort 1 million 32-bit integers? Most answers seem to agree that one of the best ways would be to use radix ...
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On ranking (sorting) by a varying distance metric

I came across an interesting procedure that ranks (sorts) a set of tuples, not by comparisons between tuples, but by the proximity between next tuple(s) and the set of tuples already ranked. ...
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Selection Sort Time Complexity using Big O notation

I'm trying to understand why the sorting algorithm Selection Sort has a time complexity of O(n^2). Looking at the math, the time complexity is T(n) = (n-1) + (n-2) + ... + 2 + 1 And this is stated ...
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Is transitivity required for a sorting algorithm

Is it possible to use a sorting algorithm with a non-transitive comparison, and if yes, why is transitivity listed as a requirement for sorting comparators? Background: A sorting algorithm ...
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Minimum number of exchanges needed to get all negative values left of all positive ones

Suppose we want to arrange n numbers stored in an array such that all negative value occur before the positive ones. What will be the minimum number of exchanges in the worst case ?
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Is radix sort a greedy algorithm?

I was thinking of radix sort, and at a sudden thought that it uses de facto the paradigm of dynamic programming, but I soon changed my mind to greedy algorithm. Is it really a greedy algorithm?
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What is the complexity of this bubble sort algorithm? [duplicate]

I have been doing a little reading up on bubble sort and have read on wikipedia that it's complexity is measured as $\Theta(n^2)$ This bubble sort however is slightly more efficient. I thought this ...
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sorting stone Problem [closed]

My friend asked this problem recently & am not sure which sorting to use for this kind of problem:- There are 20 stones of different heights. Each stone is so heavy, we need to sort the stones ...
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What is a the fastest sorting algorithm for an array of integers?

I have come across many sorting algorithms during my high school studies. However, I never know which is the fastest (for a random array of integers). So my questions are: Which is the fastest ...
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Best and worse case inputs for heap sort and quick sort?

So given an input of lets say 10 strings, what way can we input these so we get the best or worst case for these two given sorts? ...
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Best and worse case inputs for heap sort and quick sort?

So given a input of lets say 10 strings, what way can we input these so we get the best or worst case for these two given sorts? ...
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Algorithm for sorting with constraints

I've got 30 elements which has to be grouped/sorted into 10 ordered 3-tuple. There are several rules and constraints about grouping/sorting. For example: Element $A$ must not be in the same tuple ...
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More efficient algorithm for determining if one list is a sublist of another list

I'm trying to build an algorithm which takes two lists of natural numbers and finds if every element of the first list is displayed at least once in the second list. What if the list is sorted? An ...
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topological sort equivalence

For a given acyclic graph $G$, a topological sort is an ordering $v_1, \dots, v_n$ of the vertices such that the arrows in the graph are all directed forward under that ordering. Question: can all ...
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Enumerating weighted permutations in sorted order problem

Let $S$ be a set of $n$ integers. Consider the following weighted permutations problem. Let $m<n$ be an integer. What is an efficient algorithm to enumerate all subsets of $m$ integers of $S$ ...
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Quick Select explanation

I have been looking for a quick and easy explanation on Quick Select and stumbled upon this. It's quick and easy to follow, but there's a part which I am not following quite well: The uploader is ...
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Maximum number of inversions that can be removed by swapping two elements?

I have come across a question that is a bit hard to understand due to its wording, I may havecome up with a possible solution, but I don't know if it's correct. Can you please help me? Thanks in ...
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Sorting in O(n) time in a finite domain

I've been stuck with this problem for 2 weeks. Any idea of how to aproach it?. Let $L$ be a list of $n$ different integer numbers, assume that the elements of $L$ are in the range $[1,750]$. ...
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How to purge a linked list in $\mathcal{O}(n\log n)$ time?

I was wondering how to remove duplicate values from a linked list in $\mathcal{O}(n\lg n)$ time. I have an idea that by using merge sort when we want to compare elements for choosing the small one, if ...
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sock matching algorithm

There are $n$ pairs of socks, all different. They all went out of the dryer, so there are now $2n$ socks scattered around. Given two socks, the only operation I can do is to decide whether they are ...
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How does Grover's Quantum Sorting avoid reading the list?

It is well known now that Grover's quantum algorithm can SORT a database of $N$ entries in $O(\sqrt{N})$ time. How can an algorithm work without reading through the list of entries which needs $O(N)$ ...
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Which of the common sorting algorithms can be parallelized? [closed]

I want to know that whether which of the following algorithm can be parallelized? Bubble Sort, Insertion Sort, Selection Sort, Shell Sort, Quick Sort, Merge Sort, Radix Sort. Those which can't be, ...
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Do different variants of Mergesort have different runtime?

One of my courses introduced the following question: Given the recurrence relation for mergesort: $T(n) = 2T(n/2) + n$ How would the following parameter passing strategies influence the ...
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Probability that a uniformly random sequence is already sorted

Now I tried tackling this question from different perspectives (and already asked a couple of questions here and there), but perhaps only now can I formulate it well and ask you (since I have no good ...
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Sort algorithm input probabilities

Suppose that there is an algorithm which sorts a sequence of $n$ elements $$a_1, a_2, ..., a_n$$ Each of the $a_i$ is chosen with probability $1/k$ from a set of $k$ distinct integer numbers. Is ...
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Rearrange an array using swap with 0

This is a Google interview question. I got it from a website. You have two arrays source and target, containing two permutations of the numbers [0..n-1]. You ...
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What is the most power/energy efficient sorting algorithm?

I am writing a Android phone application that needs to be very power efficient, and I would like to use the most power efficient sorting algorithm. I will implement it in C for extra power efficiency. ...