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### Why do we use the number of compares to measure the time complexity when compare is quite cheap?

I think one reason a compare is regarded as quite costly is due to the historical research as remarked by Knuth, that it came from tennis match trying to find the second or third best tennis player ...
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### Data structure or algorithm for quickly finding differences between strings

I have an array of 100,000 strings, all of length $k$. I want to compare each string to every other string to see if any two strings differ by 1 character. Right now, as I add each string to the ...
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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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### How do I find the max and min value of an array in 3n/2−2 comparisons?

So I'm using this method to find the min and max value of an array simultaneously where I split the array into n/2 and n/2 parts. I then keep splitting each part until I have either a pair of numbers ...
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### Is there a metric for the similarity of two image filters?

Definitions An image filter is a matrix $m \in \mathbb{R}^{k_1 \times k_2 \times k_3}$ which gets applied to an image $I \in \mathbb{R}^{l_1 \times l_2 \times l_3}$ as a discrete convolution I'(...
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### Median-of-medians in O(log n) memory

Is there a way to use median-of-medians to find a median in, simultaneously, ​ ​O(log n) ​ ​memory and O(n) comparisons? The user orlp on this site seems to claim that there is. Getting ​ ​O(log n) ...
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### Sorting array of strings (with repetitions) according to a given ordering

We get two arrays: ordering = ["one", "two", "three"] and ...
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### Why is finding minimum number of comparisons to sort $n$ elements so difficult?

In The Art of Computer Programming 2nd Ed, Vol 3, Section 5.3.1 then discuss a function $S(n)$ which is define as: $S(n)$ : The minimum number of comparisons that suffice to sort $n$ elements. ...
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### sort n numbers in the range [0,1] without multiplying or dividing

Given an array with n real numbers, each in the range [0,1], I need to sort them. Moreover, the only operations that are allowed are comparisons or copying. It means I cannot multiply or divide the ...
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### Cost of partitioning in quicksort

I'm reading "Algorithms Fourth Edition" by Sedgewick & Wayne and am wondering if I have spotted an error in the book or if I just can't wrap my head around something so simple. When talking about ...
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### Finding maximum takes at least $\lceil n/2 \rceil$ comparisons

We are given an array $A$ with $n$ elements, $n \in \mathbb{N}$ and all elements are in the set $\{1,2,3, \cdots, n \}$. I want to prove that finding the maximum in $A$ (that is, outputting the index ...
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### Minimum number of comparision to find the third largest element in an array of distinct integers?

For the second largest element, I know that the formula is $n+ \lceil\log n \rceil -2$ Is there any formula for the third largest element? and if so, what is the derivation?
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### Are comparison sort algos appropriate for SUBJECTIVE sorting?

I've been tasked with creating an online feature that ranks 50 fantasy characters from a variety of domains based on combat acumen and polls users one which one is the most powerful based on their ...
Let's say that Dijkstra’s algorithm with the priority queue using a d-ary heap. if adjusting d, we can try to achieve the best runtimes for the algorithm with d being $\sim |E|/|V|$. Then for a ...