raghu vardhan mrvr84 at yahoo.co.in
Thu Apr 12 00:49:45 EDT 2007

```And just to remind people, the question is to find the indices and not
the numbers themselves. For example on input '3, [10,9,8,..., 3,2,1]'
the output must be '[9,8,7]'.

----- Original Message ----
From: Stefan O'Rear <stefanor at cox.net>
To: raghu vardhan <mrvr84 at yahoo.co.in>
Sent: Wednesday, 11 April, 2007 11:17:15 PM

On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 09:30:22AM +0530, raghu vardhan wrote:
> Hmmm.  That's not something I was looking for. I'm not sure the
> running time is good enough (think of k as being 2 - then you should
> not make more than 2n comparisons) - even with lazy evaluation,
> quick sort won't have a bound of O(k*n).

Muahahahaha!
Muahahahahahahahahahaha!
Muahaha!

Actually it DOES.

(this list courtesy of a ghci one-liner)

find the 3 minima of [71,71,17,14,16,91,18,71,58,75,65,79,76,18,4,45,87,51,93,36]

============

take 3 (sort [71,71,17,14,16,91,18,71,58,75,65,79,76,18,4,45,87,51,93,36])

vvvvvvvvvvvv

take 3 (sort (filter (<71) [71,71,17,14,16,91,18,71,58,75,65,79,76,18,4,45,87,51,93,36]) ++ a bunch of stuff I won't track because it won't be evaluated)

vvvvvvvvvvvv  (comparisons so far: 20)

take 3 (sort [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36])

take 3 (sort (filter (<17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]) ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

vvvvvvvvvvvv (31)

take 3 (sort [14, 16, 18, 4] ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

take 3 (sort (filter (<14) [14, 16, 18, 4]) ++ sort (filter (==14) [14, 16, 18, 4]) ++ sort (filter (>14) [14, 16, 18, 4]) ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

vvvvvvvvvvvv (39)

take 3 (sort [4] ++ sort [14] ++ sort (filter (>14) [14, 16, 18, 4]) ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

take 3 (4 : 14 : sort (filter (>14) [14, 16, 18, 4]) ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

4 : 14 : take 1 (sort (filter (>14) [14, 16, 18, 4]) ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

vvvvvvvvvvvv (43)

4 : 14 : take 1 (sort [16, 18] ++
filter (==17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36] ++
sort (filter (>17) [17, 14, 16, 18, 58, 65, 18, 4, 45, 51, 36]))

vvvvvvvvvvvv (47)

[4, 14, 16]

47 close enough to O(n*k) for you?  (remember this is quicksort we are
dealing with, O(n^2) worst case)

Stefan

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