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  • Quicksort algorithm

    Quicksort is one of the most famous sort algorithms because of its average good performance. Because of its importance and popularity, it is usually asked in technique interviews. It is also important to master QuickSort as its partitioning technique can also be used to find the Kth largest or smallest element of an array in O(n) time with O(1) space complexity. 

    How quickSort algorithm works

    Given an array A[s … e], a pivot is chosen to rearrange the array into two parts: ALeft and Aright. All the elements in ALeft are less than or equal to the pivot,

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  • LeetCode – Find the kth largest element in an unsorted array (Java)

    Find the kth largest element in an unsorted array. Note that it is the kth largest element in the sorted order, not the kth distinct element.

    For example,
    Given [3,2,1,5,6,4] and k = 2, return 5.

    Note:
    You may assume k is always valid, 1 ≤ k ≤ array’s length.

    Analysis

    It’s easy to first sort the array, then pick up the Kth largest element. The time complexity is O(nlogn) if we use quick sort. 

    Min Heap Based Method

    A better method is use a min heap or PriorityQueue with size K.  

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