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Lecture 4
Prof. Charles E. Leiserson
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.2
Quicksort
• Proposed by C.A.R. Hoare in 1962.
• Divideandconquer algorithm.
• Sorts “in place” (like insertion sort, but not
like merge sort).
• Very practical (with tuning).
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.3
Divide and conquer
Quicksort an nelement array:
1. Divide: Partition the array into two subarrays
around a pivot x such that elements in lower
subarray ≤ x ≤ elements in upper subarray.
2. Conquer: Recursively sort the two subarrays.
3. Combine: Trivial.
≤ x
≤ x
x
x
≥ x
≥ x
Key: Lineartime partitioning subroutine.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.4
x
x
Running time
= O(n) for n
elements.
Running time
= O(n) for n
elements.
Partitioning subroutine
PARTITION(A, p, q) ⊳ A[ p . . q]
x ←A[ p] ⊳ pivot = A[ p]
i ←p
for j ←p + 1 to q
do if A[ j] ≤ x
then i ←i + 1
exchange A[i] ↔A[ j]
exchange A[ p] ↔A[i]
return i
≤ x
≤ x
≥ x
≥ x
?
?
p i q j
Invariant:
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.5
Example of partitioning
i j
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.6
Example of partitioning
i j
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.7
Example of partitioning
i j
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.8
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.9
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.10
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.11
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
3
3
10
10
8
8
13
13
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.12
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
3
3
10
10
8
8
13
13
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.13
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
3
3
10
10
8
8
13
13
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
3
3
2
2
8
8
13
13
10
10
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.14
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
3
3
10
10
8
8
13
13
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
3
3
2
2
8
8
13
13
10
10
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.15
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
3
3
10
10
8
8
13
13
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
i j
6
6
5
5
3
3
2
2
8
8
13
13
10
10
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.16
Example of partitioning
6
6
10
10
13
13
5
5
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
3
3
10
10
8
8
13
13
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
13
13
10
10
8
8
3
3
2
2
11
11
6
6
5
5
3
3
2
2
8
8
13
13
10
10
11
11
i
2
2
5
5
3
3
6
6
8
8
13
13
10
10
11
11
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.17
Pseudocode for quicksort
QUICKSORT(A, p, r)
if p < r
then q ←PARTITION(A, p, r)
QUICKSORT(A, p, q–1)
QUICKSORT(A, q+1, r)
Initial call: QUICKSORT(A, 1, n)
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.18
Analysis of quicksort
• Assume all input elements are distinct.
• In practice, there are better partitioning
algorithms for when duplicate input
elements may exist.
• Let T(n) = worstcase running time on
an array of n elements.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.19
Worstcase of quicksort
• Input sorted or reverse sorted.
• Partition around min or max element.
• One side of partition always has no elements.
) (
) ( ) 1 (
) ( ) 1 ( ) 1 (
) ( ) 1 ( ) 0 ( ) (
2
n
n n T
n n T
n n T T n T
Θ =
Θ + − =
Θ + − + Θ =
Θ + − + =
(arithmetic series)
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.20
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.21
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
T(n)
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.22
cn
T(0) T(n–1)
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.23
cn
T(0) c(n–1)
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
T(0) T(n–2)
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.24
cn
T(0) c(n–1)
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
T(0) c(n–2)
T(0)
Θ(1)
O
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.25
cn
T(0) c(n–1)
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
T(0) c(n–2)
T(0)
Θ(1)
O
( )
2
1
n k
n
k
Θ =


.

\

Θ
∑
=
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.26
cn
Θ(1) c(n–1)
Worstcase recursion tree
T(n) = T(0) + T(n–1) + cn
Θ(1) c(n–2)
Θ(1)
Θ(1)
O
( )
2
1
n k
n
k
Θ =


.

\

Θ
∑
=
T(n) = Θ(n) + Θ(n
2
)
= Θ(n
2
)
h = n
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.27
Bestcase analysis
(For intuition only!)
If we’re lucky, PARTITION splits the array evenly:
T(n) = 2T(n/2) + Θ(n)
= Θ(n lg n)
(same as merge sort)
What if the split is always
10
9
10
1
:
?
( ) ( ) ) ( ) (
10
9
10
1
n n T n T n T Θ + + =
What is the solution to this recurrence?
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.28
Analysis of “almostbest” case
) (n T
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.29
Analysis of “almostbest” case
cn
( ) n T
10
1
( ) n T
10
9
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.30
Analysis of “almostbest” case
cn
cn
10
1
cn
10
9
( ) n T
100
1
( ) n T
100
9
( ) n T
100
9
( ) n T
100
81
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.31
Analysis of “almostbest” case
cn
cn
10
1
cn
10
9
cn
100
1
cn
100
9
cn
100
9
cn
100
81
Θ(1)
Θ(1)
…
…
log
10/9
n
cn
cn
cn
…
O(n) leaves
O(n) leaves
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.32
log
10
n
Analysis of “almostbest” case
cn
cn
10
1
cn
10
9
cn
100
1
cn
100
9
cn
100
9
cn
100
81
Θ(1)
Θ(1)
…
…
log
10/9
n
cn
cn
cn
T(n) ≤ cnlog
10/9
n + Ο(n)
…
cnlog
10
n ≤
O(n) leaves
O(n) leaves
Θ(nlg n)
Lucky!
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.33
More intuition
Suppose we alternate lucky, unlucky,
lucky, unlucky, lucky, ….
L(n) = 2U(n/2) + Θ(n) lucky
U(n) = L(n – 1) + Θ(n) unlucky
Solving:
L(n) = 2(L(n/2 – 1) + Θ(n/2)) + Θ(n)
= 2L(n/2 – 1) + Θ(n)
= Θ(n lg n)
How can we make sure we are usually lucky?
Lucky!
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.34
Randomized quicksort
IDEA: Partition around a random element.
• Running time is independent of the input
order.
• No assumptions need to be made about
the input distribution.
• No specific input elicits the worstcase
behavior.
• The worst case is determined only by the
output of a randomnumber generator.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.35
Randomized quicksort
analysis
Let T(n) = the random variable for the running
time of randomized quicksort on an input of size
n, assuming random numbers are independent.
For k = 0, 1, …, n–1, define the indicator
random variable
X
k
=
1 if PARTITION generates a k : n–k–1 split,
0 otherwise.
E[X
k
] = Pr{X
k
= 1} = 1/n, since all splits are
equally likely, assuming elements are distinct.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.36
Analysis (continued)
T(n) =
T(0) + T(n–1) + Θ(n) if 0 : n–1 split,
T(1) + T(n–2) + Θ(n) if 1 : n–2 split,
M
T(n–1) + T(0) + Θ(n) if n–1 : 0 split,
( )
∑
−
=
Θ + − − + =
1
0
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
n
k
k
n k n T k T X
.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.37
Calculating expectation
( )
Θ + − − + =
∑
−
=
1
0
) ( ) 1 ( ) ( )] ( [
n
k
k
n k n T k T X E n T E
Take expectations of both sides.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.38
Calculating expectation
( )
( )  
∑
∑
−
=
−
=
Θ + − − + =
Θ + − − + =
1
0
1
0
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) ( )] ( [
n
k
k
n
k
k
n k n T k T X E
n k n T k T X E n T E
Linearity of expectation.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.39
Calculating expectation
( )
( )  
   
∑
∑
∑
−
=
−
=
−
=
Θ + − − + ⋅ =
Θ + − − + =
Θ + − − + =
1
0
1
0
1
0
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) ( )] ( [
n
k
k
n
k
k
n
k
k
n k n T k T E X E
n k n T k T X E
n k n T k T X E n T E
Independence of X
k
from other random
choices.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.40
Calculating expectation
( )
( )  
   
   
∑ ∑ ∑
∑
∑
∑
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
Θ + − − + =
Θ + − − + ⋅ =
Θ + − − + =
Θ + − − + =
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
) (
1
) 1 (
1
) (
1
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) ( )] ( [
n
k
n
k
n
k
n
k
k
n
k
k
n
k
k
n
n
k n T E
n
k T E
n
n k n T k T E X E
n k n T k T X E
n k n T k T X E n T E
Linearity of expectation; E[X
k
] = 1/n.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.41
Calculating expectation
( )
( )  
   
   
  ) ( ) (
2
) (
1
) 1 (
1
) (
1
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) (
) ( ) 1 ( ) ( )] ( [
1
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
n k T E
n
n
n
k n T E
n
k T E
n
n k n T k T E X E
n k n T k T X E
n k n T k T X E n T E
n
k
n
k
n
k
n
k
n
k
k
n
k
k
n
k
k
Θ + =
Θ + − − + =
Θ + − − + ⋅ =
Θ + − − + =
Θ + − − + =
∑
∑ ∑ ∑
∑
∑
∑
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
−
=
Summations have
identical terms.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.42
Hairy recurrence
  ) ( ) (
2
)] ( [
1
2
n k T E
n
n T E
n
k
Θ + =
∑
−
=
(The k = 0, 1 terms can be absorbed in the Θ(n).)
Prove: E[T(n)] ≤ anlgn for constant a > 0.
Use fact:
2
1
2
8
1
2
2
1
lg lg n n n k k
n
k
∑
−
=
− ≤
(exercise).
• Choose a large enough so that anlgn
dominates E[T(n)] for sufficiently small n ≥ 2.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.43
Substitution method
  ) ( lg
2
) (
1
2
n k ak
n
n T E
n
k
Θ + ≤
∑
−
=
Substitute inductive hypothesis.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.44
Substitution method
 
) (
8
1
lg
2
1 2
) ( lg
2
) (
2 2
1
2
n n n n
n
a
n k ak
n
n T E
n
k
Θ +

.

\

− ≤
Θ + ≤
∑
−
=
Use fact.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.45
Substitution method
 

.

\

Θ − − =
Θ +

.

\

− ≤
Θ + ≤
∑
−
=
) (
4
lg
) (
8
1
lg
2
1 2
) ( lg
2
) (
2 2
1
2
n
an
n an
n n n n
n
a
n k ak
n
n T E
n
k
Express as desired – residual.
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.46
Substitution method
 
n an
n
an
n an
n n n n
n
a
n k ak
n
n T E
n
k
lg
) (
4
lg
) (
8
1
lg
2
1 2
) ( lg
2
) (
2 2
1
2
≤

.

\

Θ − − =
Θ +

.

\

− =
Θ + ≤
∑
−
=
if a is chosen large enough so that
an/4 dominates the Θ(n).
,
Day 6 Introduction to Algorithms L4.47
Quicksort in practice
• Quicksort is a great generalpurpose
sorting algorithm.
• Quicksort is typically over twice as fast
as merge sort.
• Quicksort can benefit substantially from
code tuning.
• Quicksort behaves well even with
caching and virtual memory.