Homework Assignment #2 Solution



Problem 1: (2 points) Give the asymptotic bounds for T(n) in the following recurrence. Make your bounds as tight as possible and justify your answers.

?(?) = 3?(? − 1) + 1

Problem 2: (7 points) The ternary search algorithm is a modification of the binary search algorithm that splits the input not into two sets of almost-equal sizes, but into three sets of sizes approximately one- third.


  1. a) Verbally describe and write pseudo-code for the ternary search algorithm. b)   Give the recurrence for the ternary search algorithm
  2. c) Solve the recurrence to determine the asymptotic running time of the algorithm. How does the

running time of the ternary search algorithm compare to that of the binary search algorithm.


Problem 3: (7 points) Design and analyze a divide and conquer algorithm that determines the minimum and maximum value in an unsorted list (array).


  1. a) Verbally describe and write pseudo-code for the min_and_max algorithm. b)     Give the recurrenc
  2. c) Solve the recurrence to determine the asymptotic running time of the algorithm. How does the theoretical running time of the recursive min_and_max algorithm compare to that of an iterative algorithm for finding the minimum and maximum values of an array.


Problem 4: (4 points) 4-way Merge Sort


Consider a variation of Merge sort called 4-way Merge sort. Instead of splitting the array into two parts like Merge sort, 4-way Merge sort splits the array into four parts. 4-way Merge divides the input array into fourths, calls itself for each fourth and then merges the four sorted fourths.



  1. a) Give pseudocode for 4-way Merge sort.
  2. b) State a recurrence for the number of comparisons executed by 4-way Merge sort and solve to determine the asymptotic running time.



Problem 5: (10 points)


  1. a) Implement 4-way Merge sort from Problem 4 to sort an array/vector of integers and name it merge4.  Implement the algorithm in the same language you used for the sorting algorithms in HW 1. Your program should be able to read inputs from a file called “datxt” where the first value of each line is the number of integers that need to be sorted, followed by the integers (like in HW 1). The output will be written to a file called “merge4.txt”.


  1. b) Modify code– Now that you have verified that your code runs correctly using the dtxt input file, you can modify the code to collect running time data.  Instead of reading arrays from the

file data.txt and sorting, you will now generate arrays of size n containing random integer values from 0 to 10,000 to sort.  Use the system clock to record the running times of each algorithm for ten different values of n for example: n = 5000, 10000, 15000, 20,000, …, 50,000.  You may need




to modify the values of n if an algorithm runs too fast or too slow to collect the running time data (do not collect times over a minute). Output the array size n and time to the terminal. Name the new program merge4Time.



  1. c) Collect running times – Collect your timing data on the engineering serv You will need at least eight values of t (time) greater than 0. If there is variability in the times between runs of the same algorithm you may want to take the average time of several runs for each value of n. Create a table of running times.



  1. d) Plot data and fit a curve – Plot the data you collected on an individual graph with n on the x-axis and time on the y-axis. You may use Excel, Matlab, R or any other soft  What type of curve best fits each data set?  Give the equation of the curves that best “fits” the data and draw that curves on the graphs.



  1. e) Combine – Also plot the data from 4-way Merge sort together on a combined graph with your results for merge and insertion sort from HW1.



Submit a copy of all your code files and a README file that explains how to compile and run your code in a ZIP file to TEACH.  We will only test execution with an input file named data.txt.

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