Fundamentals of Computer Science I: Media Computing (CS151.02 2007F)

Class 49: Merge Sort

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Held: Monday, 3 December 2007

Summary: We continue our exploration of sorting by considering the applicability of divide-and-conquer to the problem of sorting. We look at one particular divide-and-conquer algorithm, merge sort. We explore how the running time for that algorithm varies based on the number of values we are sorting.

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