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Given a sequence of elements, find a permutation such that the elements are in a certain order.

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Can you partially sort using $O(\log n)$ comparisons per element?

Input is a list of $n$ integers in an array A. Desired output is stored in Array B, such that $|rank(B[i])- i | \leq \sqrt{n}$. Can this be done using $O(\log n)$ comparisons per element? Just looking ...
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Sorting array of distances by proximity to each other

I was playing with geolocation on maps and stumbled on an interesting problem: I retrieve data from the db ordered by increasing distance from a user input, like a postcode or street, which makes ...
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Cost of in-place partitioning integer arrays

Suppose we are given an array $a\colon[n]\to[m]$ of length $n$ (and each entry is between 1 and m). We will denote the $i$th entry of the array as $a[i]$. Task: Permute the array $a$ in-place so that ...
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Is sorting pairwise distances as hard as sorting arbitrary points?

If we have $n$ points in $\mathbb{R^d}$, what is the complexity of sorting the $O(n^2)$ pairwise distances? Clearly the complexity is $\Omega(n^2)$ but is there a reduction to show it is as hard as ...
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“Almost sorting” integers in linear time

I am interested in sorting an array of positive integer values $L = v_1, \ldots, v_n$ in linear time (in the RAM model with uniform cost measure, i.e., integers can have up to logarithmic size but ...
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Is it possible to sort by only knowing the sign of pairwise sums?

I am currently thinking of how much structure one actually needs in order to be able to sort things at all. All comparison-based algorithms need a direct comparability, but are we able to remove this ...
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Under what models do we know linear time sorting?

The best we know for general case sorting is $O(n\log n)$ (which is also $\theta(n\log n)$ is decision tree model) and the problem of $O(n)$ sorting is open for turing machine models. Under what ...
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2D-Interval partition problem

The classical interval partition Problem ascs for a minimal colouring of an interval graph: Let [a_i, b_i] be a collection of (closed) intervals (for i in {1,2,...,n} ). Find a partition of {1,2,...,n}...
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finding smallest k elements in array in O(k)

This is an interesting question I have found on the web. Given an array containing n numbers (with no information about them), we should pre-process the array in linear time so that we can return the ...
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how to achieve a topological sort of an given sequence with minimum swaps

For example, given the constraints {$a<b,c<d$} and a sequence $[b,a,c,d]$. we just need swap $a$ with $b$ to get an topological sort, I want to ask how to find the sort solutions with minimum ...
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Asymptotic complexity of mass production

For a function $f:\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^m$, let $C(f)$ be the circuit complexity (for concreteness, constants and NOT gates are free, while 2-input AND gates cost 1). Let $k{\times}f : \{0,1\}...
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Sorting with an average of $\mathrm{lg}(n!)+o(n)$ comparisons

Is there a comparison-based sorting algorithm that uses an average of $\mathrm{lg}(n!)+o(n)$ comparisons? Existence of a worst-case $\mathrm{lg}(n!)+o(n)$ comparison algorithm is an open problem, but ...
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Lower bound for reversing a list using queues

How do you prove (or disprove) that a list of length $n$ cannot be reversed in time $o(n \log n)$ using $O(1)$ queues? Each queue is FIFO. Time refers to the number of operations on the queues. ...
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Sorting a programs instructions until it works

Lets say I have a computer program below. (define (factorial x) (if (= x 0) 1 (else (* x (factorial (- x 1))))) I then take each line of the ...
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Computing topological sort while keeping edges “short”

Motivation: I want to compute a topological sort order in which the connected vertices are close to each other. Problem statement: Given a DAG $G(V,E)$ with $n$ vertices, compute a topological sort ...
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Determining what can be achieved by a permutation of elements of a noncommutative group

Fix a finite group $G$. I am interested in the following decision problem: the input is some elements of $G$ with a partial order on them, and the question is whether there is a permutation of the ...
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Efficient recognition of sequences sortable by transpositions?

While reading the post, Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps, by Aaronson, I got interested in restricted sorting problem: If we restrict sorting algorithms to use ...
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Does any DAG can be topologically sorted? [closed]

I am not good enough in computer science. My intention is to solve some programming problem in terms of DAG's. The key point is that before getting them into database, I need run "topological sort" in ...
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Is sorting $n$ real numbers in time $O(n \sqrt{\log n})$ and linear space possible?

In the recent preprint https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.00776, it is claimed that $n$ real numbers can be sorted in time $$O(n \sqrt{\log n}), $$ and linear space. The paper seems reasonable, though I am ...
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How fast can we sort a list if we know how it was written?

Let $G$ be a linear time (deterministic) turing machine that takes positive integers $n$ in unary to lists of length $n.$ For any fixed such $G$, define sparse-sort(G,n) as the problem of sorting the ...
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Comparison-based data structure for finding items

Is there a data structure that takes an unordered array of $n$ items, performs preprocessing in $O(n)$ and answers queries: is there some element $x$ on the list, each query in worst time $O(\log n)$? ...
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Necessary and sufficient number of comparisons by every element to fully sort a set of n elements? [duplicate]

Given $n$ distinct elements. Is there a sorting algorithm which ensures that every element is compared atmost $\lg n$ time? Or is there a higher lower bound?
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Enumerating topological sorts of a vertex-labeled DAG

Let $G = (V, E)$ be a directed acyclic graph, and let $\lambda$ be a labeling function mapping each vertex $v \in V$ to a label $\lambda(v)$ in some finite alphabet $L$. Writing $n := |V|$, a ...
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Original reference for Huffman shaped Merge Sort?

What is the first publication of the concept of optimizing merge sort by identifying sequences of consecutive positions in increasing orders (aka runs) in linear time; then repeatedly merging the ...
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Quick-select contiguous subarray

Motivated by the question from this blog post, the following data structure question seems interesting and fun to me. Preprocess: A list of numbers $A = a_1,...,a_n$ Query(s,t,k): Return the $k$-th ...
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Sorting “k-tonic” sequences

I hope somebody knows a ref to this, so I do not have to read the literature... Consider a sequence of numbers $x_1, \ldots, x_n$. Think about the sequence as $n-1$ intervals $[x_1, x_2], [x_2, x_3], ...
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Quicksort: compute the expected number of comparisons as a function of $M$ and $t$

I stumbled upon this problem on a list of open problems in the analysis of algorithms dating back to 1997. Is it still open? Can anyone point to a reference with a full or partial solution, or at ...
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Sorting using ring operations

Sorting is in $\mathsf{NP}$. Given a sorted list, it is trivial to check sortedness in linear time. Is there any evidence sorting of elements from an ordered gcd domain(eg: $\Bbb Z$) cannot be done ...
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Patience Sort+ ping pong merge implementation

A recent paper out of Microsoft Research describes a new, faster implementation of the patience sort algorithm. A key part of the implementation is an improved merging strategy dubbed the "ping-pong" ...
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Quicksort optimal partition

Has the question been studied, how to find the shortest sequence of partition choices so that a quick-sort algorithm can sort a set? To be clear, I'm not interested in quick sort per se, but in ...
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Sorting algorithm with a complexity smaller than $n \log n$?

If we consider literature, sorting algorithms are based only on number of comparisons needed to sort a list of size n, considering that n is the size of the input. But if we want to encode input, we ...
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Most efficient inplace merge algorithms (stable and unstable)

I am currently researching the best algorithms available to achieve an inplace merge operation: consider two consecutive sorted arrays of size n and ...
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What persistent data structure for a set of partially ordered elements?

I need to store sets of elements of type a. Type a is partially ordered, so comparing $a_1$ and $a_2$ can return smaller, greater, equal or incomparable. One problem with hashtables is that two equal ...
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Sorting sequence with $O(n^{\frac{3}{2}})$ inversions

There is given sequence $a_1,...a_n$ such that there are $O(n^{\frac{3}{2}}) $ inversions in this sequence. I am thinking about sorting algorithm for that. I know lower bound for number of ...
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Is the bitonic sort algorithm stable?

I was wondering, is the bitonic sort algorithm stable? I searched the original paper, wikipedia and some tutorials, could not find it. It seems to me that it should be, as it is composed of merge / ...
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Are there any algorithms that are similar to Fagin's Algorithm, but for unranked lists?

Fagin's Algorithm is a popular algorithm for finding the top-$k$ items from multiple ranked lists of the items (i.e., via different scoring functions), using some monotonic aggregation function for ...
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How can I construct sorting network for $k$ numbers

How can I construct a sorting network for $k$ numbers? My goal is to implement sorting networks in Java for $k$ in the range $[3,\hspace{-0.03 in}32]$. To be even more specific, I only want to sort ...
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Lexicographically minimal topological sort of a labeled DAG

Consider the problem where we are given as input a directed acyclic graph $G = (V, E)$, a labeling function $\lambda$ from $V$ to some set $L$ with a total order $<_L$ (e.g., the integers), and ...
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Reducing sorting to max-flow

Is there a linear-time reduction from the sorting problem to the max-flow problem? If so, what would such a reduction look like?
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is “spaghetti sort” really O(n) (even as a thought experiment) ?

I`m referring to the notion described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_sort In the analysis section the author admits that considering it to be O(n) requires the assumption that the act ...
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Is it enough to sort for polynomially many 0-1 sequences for a sorting network?

The 0-1 principle says that if a sorting network works for all 0-1 sequences, then it works for any set of numbers. Is there an $S\subset \{0,1\}^n$ such that if a network sorts every 0-1 sequence ...
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Probabilistic sorting given pairwise comparison probability

Let $X = \{x_1, \dots, x_n\}$ be a set, and $f:[1..n]^2 \to [0, 1]$ be a function, such that $$f(i, j) \cdot f(j, k) \le f(i, k)$$ For all $1 \le i, j, k \le n$. Does there exist a randomized ...
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How to Quantify Entropy in a Data Set

I'm currently creating a program in Java to analysis the pathological cases of Quicksort. Namely, the transition of complexity from O(n^2) to O(nlogn) as a data set gets less ordered. Since Quicksort ...
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Is it possible to find the median with a linear size sorting network?

Is there a sorting network that makes only $O(n)$ comparisons and finds the median? The AKS sorting network sorts with $O(\log n)$ parallel steps, but here I am only interested in the number of ...
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Heap with $O(1)$ delete-key

Fibonacci heaps have $O(1)$ insertion and $O(\log n)$ delete-min and delete-key (under amortized complexity). Is there a heap data structure with $O(1)$ insertion and delete-key and $O(\log n)$ ...
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Locally sorted sequences

Let $S=s_1,\ldots,s_n$ be a sequence and $p$ be a permutation on the indices of $S$ such that $p$ sorts $S$. Define a sequence to be locally sorted with degree $k$ if $\forall s_i \in S |p(i) - i | \...
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estimating the number of comparisons of Shell Sort

I would like to estimate the number of comparisons in ShellSort. I'm using $h_s = 2^s-1$, where $s=\left \lfloor{\log(n)}\right \rfloor, \left \lfloor{\log(n)}\right \rfloor -1, \dots, 1 $ ; I know ...
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Optimal randomized comparison sorting

So we all know the comparison-tree lower bound of $\lceil\log_2 n!\rceil$ on the worst-case number of comparisons made by a (deterministic) comparison sorting algorithm. It does not apply to ...
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Algorithm to merge two incomplete sequences of symbols (strings) into a complete one

I initially considered this problem trivial, but then looked with more attention, I could not find an easy solution. Let's say we have two ordered lists of symbols (strings): ...