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Find Median in 2-d sorted array(sorted in both order column and row wise)?

Given 2 dimensional sorted array(Both row and column wise sorted) write a efficient code to find median.

asked 30 Jun '12, 18:55

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edited 30 Jun '12, 18:56

The problem can be solved in a linear O(N) time ,where N is the Dimension of Matrix ,[if the matrix is Non Square Matrix ,then N=max (row,col)].

The Matrix in which Every row and Every columns are sorted is called YOUNG TABLEAU.

This 2 -D matrix or Tableau behaves as a Heap from one End and Binary search Tree from another End.

This blog explains the approach ::

    Lets name the matrix A of size N x N
    Take any element A[i][j]
    1. A[i][j] < A[t][j] for t = i+1 ....... N
    2. A[i][j] < A[i][t] for t = j+1 ....... N
    3. A[i+1][j] and A[i][j+1] can be thought of as childs of A[i][j]
    thus above structure resembles a heap

    similarly from upper right corner the matrix looks like a BST

    do insert operation in BST --> O(n) in this case
    do search operation in HEAP --> O(n) in this case

answered 30 Jun '12, 23:02

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        int median(int a[], int b[], int n)
        int med1,med2;
        if(a[n-1] < b[0])
            return a[n-1];
        if(b[n-1] < a[0])
            return b[n-1];
            int c[4];
            return c[1];
        med1 = a[(n-1)/2];
        med2 = b[(n-1)/2];
        if(med1 == med2)
            return med1;
        else if(med1 < med 2)
            return median(&a[(n-1)/2],b,n/2+1);
            return median(a,&b[(n-1)/2],n/2+1);

where "a" and "b" are 2 sorted arrays and n is size..

i hope this may help :)


answered 30 Jun '12, 20:25

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edited 30 Jun '12, 22:27

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we can also do this by heap -

  1. creating min heap and keep the row and column also struct heap { int val, row , col }*h;

  2. do following (n*n)/2 times

2a. now remove the min element & check its column number and insert into heap the next number from the same column like matrix[removedelementrow+1][removedelementcolumn] will be the new element .. insert it

2b. call min heapify on root

3.return the last extracted root


answered 03 Jul '15, 02:58

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edited 03 Jul '15, 03:01

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