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Describe the worst case scenario for quick sort algorithm. Any ideas to improve the worst case? Comment on the improvement in running time vs. increase in code complexity.

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The worst case for Quicksort depends on the selection of the pivot element. Normally, if the first or the last element is chosen then there is a danger that the all the rest of the numbers need to be moved to the other side of the pivot and this happens recursively. In other words, the worst-case occurs when the input is already sorted. Since, many real-life inputs are nearly sorted, quicksort might perform worse ...

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Discusses the worst case condition for quick sort algorithm. Also suggests ideas to improve the worst case and comments on the improvement in running time vs. increase in code complexity.

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