Selecting the median

Dorit Dor, Uri Zwick

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Improving on the result of Schonhage, Paterson, and Pippenger, an algorithm is obtained for the selection of the median that uses slightly less than 3n comparisons. The algorithm is found to be much more complicated than the algorithm of Schonhagen, Paterson, Pippenger. In view of this, it is suggested that use of the algorithm may lead to disappointing results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1722-1758
Number of pages37
JournalSIAM Journal on Computing
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999

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