# Tagged Questions

For questions about sorting algorithms and their speed and complexity.

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### How to combine N non-comparable arrays up to an output limit in a fair way?

Given N non-comparable arrays of different sizes, what is the best method to combine them into one output array? Since the input arrays are non-comparable, a metric is needed to represent how ...
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### Data structure for storing sorted data

What's a good way to store loads of sorted string on a file so that inserts and reads are fast? I could store it up in a tree, and read/modify/store it as needed, but that seems wasteful for ...
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### Short Sequential Search vs. Regular Sequential Search

Assuming a list of elements is sorted in ascending order, we search sequentially from the first element comparing the target to successive elements either until we find the target (succeed) or until ...
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### In-place merging of sorted intervals in an array?

So I have code producing k sorted intervals in an n-sized array. What I'm brainstorming is the possibility of in-place merge of these intervals into a single sorted interval/array. The problem is ...
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### An algorithm to implement SQL's ORDER BY with TOP/LIMIT or OFFSET/FETCH

Is there a general algorithm to implement SQL's ORDER BY with OFFSET/LIMIT more efficiently than sorting all the records? The algorithm for a simple TOP x is easy enough. It takes one full pass ...
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### Algorithm for inserting into sorted subset

A is a sorted list. B is a sorted list, and a subset of A. If an element is inserted into A at index i what's the most efficient way to determine the correct index i' for it's position in B? Given ...