On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> This shouldn't be too complex, and should give us a fixed nlogn complexity 
>> even for wild data sets, without affecting existing normal data sets that 
>> are present in every day transactions. I even believe that those data sets 
>> will also benefit from the above optimisation.
> The only method of selecting a pivot for quicksort that obtain O(n lg
> n) run time with 100% certainty is have a magical oracle inside the
> computer that tells you in fixed time and with perfect accuracy which
> pivot you should select.

Doesn't a linear median algorithm (say median of medians) get you O(n lg n)?

Granted, with a huge constant (I think 4)... but it should still be O(n lg n).

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