# assign1 - CS648 Randomized Algorithms Semester II 2007-08...

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CS648 Randomized Algorithms Semester II, 2007-08 Assignment 1 Due on : 30 January Note : Give complete details of the analysis of your solution. Be very rigorous in providing any mathemat- ical detail in support of your arguments. Also mention the Lemma/Theorem you use. 1. (points 8,2) Randomized Select. Let S be a set of n real numbers. Consider the randomized algo- rithm Rand-Select( k, S ) described below that finds the k th smallest element from the set S . Select a random element p from set S . Find its rank in the set S (by comparing p with every other element of set S ). Let r be the rank of p . If r = k , we report p as the output. Otherwise we proceed recursively as follows : If r > k , then Rand-Select ( k, S <p ) Else Rand-Select ( k - r, S >p ) where S <p and S >p are the sets consisting of all those elements that are respectively smaller and greater than the element p . Observe that the running time of the above algorithm is dominated by the number of comparisons performed. Therefore, in order to get a bound on the expected running time

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