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What's the fastest way to find the Kth smallest value in an unsorted list without sorting?

My initial algorithm: Compare element 0 with every other element, keeping track of how many elements are less than it. Repeat for each element until an element that is greater than exactly (k-1) ...
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Longest subsequence such that A[i].x < A[i+1].y

I have an issue for which I am looking for an algorithm (if it exists) What I have: An array of items which have certain properties, e.g. item $A$ has properties $x$ and $y$. Example: $[ A(x,y), B(x,...
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Why does linear search have $\frac{n}{2}$ comparisons on average?

I'm reading the Wikipedia page on Linear Search and it is mentioned that there are on average $\frac{n}{2}$ comparisons. I tried working this out on my own. First I considered the number of cases. ...
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Quicksort vs. insertion sort on linked list: performance

I have written a program to sort Linked Lists and I noticed that my insertion sort works much better than my quicksort algorithm. Does anyone have any idea why this is? Insertion sort has a ...
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When are adjacency lists or matrices the better choice?

I was told that we would use a list if the graph is sparse and a matrix if the graph is dense. For me, it's just a raw definition. I don't see much beyond it. Can you clarify when would it be the ...
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Finding number not in list with wildcards

I have a list like this: 1*0*0 1**0* 0*0** 001** Where the number of elements in each row is $n$ and * is a wildcard for 0 or 1. I need a polynomial-time ...
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How do I interpret this divide and conquer algorithm for removing duplicates in a list?

Consider the following divide and conquer algorithm to remove duplicates in a list. The text is in French. What is the meaning of the variables $c1, c2, d1, d2$? Why are only the variables $c1, d1$ ...