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Topic: Finding top-k elements without using sort function
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Nasser Abbasi

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Re: Finding top-k elements without using sort function
Posted: Jun 24, 2013 1:51 AM
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On 6/24/2013 12:23 AM, Ang Zhi Ping wrote:
> From an array of n floating points, I would like to extract the top k
> elements. Among the k they do not need to be sorted. Short of using the
> sort function in MATLAB, is there any faster method for extract the top k?



Using a partial quick-sort algorithm implemented with C-MEX.
The complexity is O(n + k.log(k)), where n is the size of the
array, and k is the number of elements to be selected.

Faster than SORT or multiple call of MIN/MAX for large size inputs"

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