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# ps9sol - Introduction to Algorithms Massachusetts Institute...

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Introduction to Algorithms December 14, 2005 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6.046J/18.410J Professors Erik D. Demaine and Charles E. Leiserson Handout 35 Problem Set 9 Solutions Problem 9-1. More parallel merge sort In this problem we will improve the parallel merge-sort algorithm from lecture. The algorithm described in class has work �( n lg n ) and parallelism �( n/ lg 2 n ) . We shall develop an algorithm with the same work, but higher parallelism. (a) Given two sorted arrays containing a total of n elements, give an algorithm to find the median of the n elements in �(lg n ) time on one processor. Solution: The basic idea is that if you are given two arrays A and B and know the length of each, you can check whether an element A [ i ] is the median in constant time. Suppose that the median is A [ i ] . Since the array is sorted, it is greater than exactly i 1 values in array A. Then if it is the median, it is also greater than exactly j = n/ 2 � − ( i 1) elements in B. It requires constant time to check if B [ j ] A [ i ] B [ j + 1] . If A [ i ] is not the median, then depending on whether A [ i ] is greater or less than B [ j ] and B [ j + 1] , you know that A [ i ] is either greater than or less than the median. Thus you can binary search for A [ i ] in �(lg n ) worst-case time. The pseudocode is as follows: M EDIAN -S EARCH ( A [1 . . l ] , B [1 . . m ] , left , right ) 1 if left > right 2 then return M EDIAN -S EARCH ( B, A, max(1 , n/ 2 � − l ) , min( m, n/ 2 ) 3 i � ≤ ( left + right ) / 2 4 j � ∨ n/ 2 � − i 5 if ( j = 0 A [ i ] > B [ j ]) and ( j = m A [ i ]

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