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Quickselect and the number of cycles.


The inversion count is a measure of the amount of
disorder in a permutation. The higher the inversion
count, the more disordered is the permutation.

A different measure of disorder in a permutation is
the number of cycles. The more cycles there are, the
more ordered is the permutation.

Question. Compute the grand average of the expected
number of cycles of a random permutation after a
random element has been selected with quickselect. The
recursion step decomposes very nicely. Compare and
contrast with the expected number of cycles of a
random permutation.

I wonder who will be the first to post and solve the
appropriate DE? Adelante! Auf die Plaetze, fertig,


Best regards,

Marko Riedel

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