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

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which sorting technique is best? [closed]

we have insertion sort, merge sort, quick sort, heap sort and so on. All these have different complexities and some require extra space like merge sort. Can any one provide some useful trick to ...
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can we make the quick sort algorithm stable one? [on hold]

if an array possess same keys, the positions won't change after sorting. Can we provide stability for quick sort algorithm.
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How to sort ANY list in Python 2.7 in DESCENDING order? [migrated]

I think the title speaks enough for the question.... This is how i tried to do it: r=input("rows") c=input("colomns") b=[] for x in range(r): ...
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Minimum number of “swaps” required to make an array sorted [on hold]

This problem takes two forms. Both the forms differ by the meaning of the “swap” operation. In one form, a swap means "removing any element from the array and appending it to the back of the same ...
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Why does randomized Quicksort have O(n log n) worst-case runtime cost?

Randomized Quick Sort is an extension of Quick Sort in which pivot element is chosen randomly. What can be the worst case time complexity of this algo. According to me it should be $O(n^2)$. Worst ...
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Keep k+ties largest elements in a stream

I have $n$ numbers that come one by one, and when the last element comes, I want to output $k$ largest elements and those that are ties with the minimal element from this top-$k$ element. For ...
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Algorithm for generating sorting instructions

Let's say I am to sort a bookcase given a certain sorting condition, for instance alphabetically. I am looking for a way to generate a step-by-step guide on how to do this sorting based on the ...
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Heapsort for sorted input

What is the running time of heapsort when the input array is in increasing order? How about decreasing order? (I came across these questions in CLRS.) Here is what I have done so far ... For the ...
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Minimal complexity for pairing two comparable sets with comparability restrictions

A project at university (whose deadline has passed by now) presented the following problem: Consider two finite sequences of (not necessarily distinct) real numbers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ and ...
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Can anybody explain intuitively why quick sort need log(n) extra space and mergesort need n?

I've searched on internet and everybody said it's stack space needed on recursion. I know log(n) extra space for quick sort happened when use in place, but still I don't get it. Anybody can explain ...
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Does there exist $O(n)$ worst case sorting algorithm for sorting a list of integers?

When I looked on wikipedia, all the sorting algorithms listed have worst case $O(n^2)$. My question is suppose we are given a list of integers, each of which is in some fixed, finite set (i.e. $\{-1, ...
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How again do certain sorting methods use $o(n \log n)$ time?

I hope this question isn't too 'soft' for here. It's been a while $\tiny{\text{an eternity for some people's standards}}$ since I've touched this stuff, and I had a convincing explanation to this ...
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Questions on Topological Sorting

Currently learning about topological sorting. My teacher gave us this problem. The answer given to us is : B,A,C,E,D,G,F,H in lexicographical order. Why does the order go from B,A,C THEN go to E ...
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Sorting array with constant memory

Given an array of length $n$ we need at least $O(\log n)$ memory to store its length. And we need the same $O(\log n)$ memory to store index. With large $n$, index may not fit in one extra cell. So ...
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Would using the mean as pivot speed up quicksort?

Somehow I thought about quicksort last night and was reading about it on Wikipedia. The interesting part for me was: 'If we could consistently choose a pivot from the middle 50 percent, we would only ...
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Sorting a sorted array after increasing several elements

I know that most of the efficient sort algorithms can run with a complexity of $O(n\cdot log(n))$, but this is given an unsorted array. However, given that the initial array is already sorted, is ...
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Bubblesort generalization [closed]

I was comparing and analyzing the sort algorithms thereby came across a machine which took 200 secs to sort 200 names but to generalize, in 800 secs wouldn't it sort 800 names?
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Proving the lower bound of compares in comparison based sorting

I'm reading Sedgewick and Wayne's book of Algorithm. When I read the following proof in the attached picture, I don't understand why it assumed the comparison number is lg(number of leaves). Any help ...
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How many comparisons in the worst case, does it take to merge 3 sorted lists of size n/3?

How many comparisons in the worst case, does it take to merge 3 sorted lists of size n/3? (where n is a power of 3) I was told it takes: $$2(n-2) + 1 = 2n-3$$ However, I can't seem to figure out ...
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Rigorous Proof of Insertion Sort

Currently I self study CLRS book (Outside of any course, so I got no access to an instructor) And I am stuck proving Insertion Sort, The proof in CLRS book is not so formal. Here's the algorithm: ...
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Sorting with a recursive oracle

It is known that the runtime complexity of sorting is $\Theta (n \log n)$. But what if we have, for every input array of size $n$, an oracle that can sort any array of $k<n$ numbers in constant ...
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About sorting numbers in linear time

If one is given $n$ numbers picked uniformly at random from the interval $[0,1]$ then is it possible to sort them in linear time? It seems to me that some such method exists which uses binary ...
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How to order objects to minimize non-adjacency cost

I have an array of $N$ objects, each appearing exactly once. I also have a list of $M$ pairs of the objects. Each pair has a "non-adjacency cost" that must be paid if the two objects are not adjacent ...
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What is the runtime of Mergesort if we switch to Insertion Sort at logarithmic depth?

Consider the Mergesort algorithm on inputs of size $n = 2^k$. Normally, this algorithm would have a recursion depth of $k$. Suppose that we modify the algorithm so that after $k/2$ levels of ...
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Permutations in an k-sorted array

Definition of $k$-sorted array: An array in which an element is at-most $k$ places away from its sorted order. I have a question in my Algorithms assignment which asks to prove the lower bound to ...
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Showing that tournament sort requrires O(n log n) comparisons

I wish I could think of a better way to word my question. Maybe some one here could offer s suggestion for that, as well. On to my question. Before I do, this is a class question that has been asked, ...
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Top N percent elements in a queue

I implemented a queue using two stacks which gives me $O(1)$ en-queue time, $O(1)$ amortised time. Now suppose I want to find top $10\%$ elements in the queue at any time. How am I suppose to ...
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Sort doubly linked list efficiently

How efficiently can a doubly linked list be sorted? The minimum I could get is $O(n^2)$. Can anyone suggest something better?
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Algorithm to distribute items “evenly”

I'm searching for an algorithm to distribute values from a list so that the resulting list is as "balanced" or "evenly distributed" as possible (in quotes because I'm not sure these are the best ways ...
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What is the min # of moves to sort an array from 1 to n?

Problem: You are required to sort an array with numbers from 1 to n. You can do a "move", which means choosing one element and moving it to any place you want (insert to any place, not swap). Prove ...
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Programming and evaluating sorting algorithms based on its complexity [duplicate]

I need to program and evaluate two sorting algorithms: insertion sort and merge sort I know that the complexity of insertion sort is O(n^2) and for the merge sort is O(n·log n) In this case I have a ...
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Why comparison is dominant time consumption for comparison-based sorting algorithms? [duplicate]

Comparison-based sorting algorithms does a number of different operations to accomplish the sorting, why comparisons are the dominant time consumption? While I understand the standard analyses of ...
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Sorting with gaps

Suppose we have a directory containing $N$ files whose names are numerals, but not necessarily contiguous numerals. Let's say for concreteness that each file contains an email message, each of which ...
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Sorting when there are only O(log n) many different numbers

We have $n$ integers with lot's of repeated numbers. In this list, the number of distinct elements is $O(\log n)$. What's the best asymptotic number of comparisons for sorting this list? Any idea or ...
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LSD and MSD sorting - which requires fixed length keys?

I am studying these sorts, but it is still unclear to me which one of these two would require fixed length keys?
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Proving Quicksort has a worst case of O(n²)

I am sorting the following list of numbers which is in descending order. I am using QuickSort to sort and it is known that the worst case running time of QuickSort is $O(n^2)$ ...
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Can I use breadth-forst search for topological sorting?

Can I use Breadth first Search for finding topological sorting of vertices and strongly connected components in a graph? If yes how can I do that? and If not why not? I tried with a simple acyclic ...
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How to write all $r$-tuples with a certain property in a list [closed]

I have the following question: Let $a,b,c,d$ be four natural numbers with $a \leq b$ and $c\leq d$. I have written a program that produces a list, which has as entries all 2-tuples $(x,y)$ with ...
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Algorithm to partially sort list into equal-sized buckets

Suppose I have a large list of numbers that I want to divide into equal-sized buckets so that every bucket contains only larger numbers than buckets to its left. Numbers within each bucket don't need ...
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How to sort using $\texttt{SQRTSORT}$ as a subroutine which sorts $\sqrt{n}$ of consecutive elements?

I am teaching myself algorithms with the online lecture notes by Jeff Erickson and fails to solve the following problem (Problem 21 of Lecture 1). (a) Describe an algorithm that sorts an input ...
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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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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 ...