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Choose the correct alternatives (more than one may be correct) and write the corresponding letters only:

Following algorithm(s) can be used to sort $n$ in the range $[1.....n^3]$ in $O(n)$ time

1. Heap sort
2. Quick sort
3. Merge sort
4. Radix sort
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Radix Sort uses Counting Sort as sub-routine, if there are d digits numbers in the input, then we need d passes of the Radix Sort, and each pass needs O(n+k) time, so total time comes to $O(d*(n+k))$.
As the input elements are in the range of $[1....n^3]$ we can convert each element into base n then each number needs $log_n(n^3) = 3$ digits.
So, there will only need to be 3 passes, for each pass, there are n possible values which can be taken on.

So, we can use counting sort in $O(n)$ time.

Radix Sort

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Answer is (D) Part.

Although people have provided correct  answers but it seems some more explanation is required.
Let there be $\mathbf{d}$ digits in max input integer, b is the base for representing input numbers and $\mathbf{n}$ is total numbers then Radix Sort takes $\mathbf{O(d*(n+b))}$ time. Sorting is performed from least significant digit to most significant digit.

For example, for decimal system, $b$ is $10$. What is the value of $d$? If $k$ is the maximum possible value, then $d$ would be $O(\log_b (k))$. So overall time complexity is $O((n+b) * \log_b(k))$. Which looks more than the time complexity of comparison based sorting algorithms for a large $k$. Let us first limit $k$. Let $k \leqslant n^{c}$ where $c$ is a constant. In that case, the complexity becomes $O(n \log_b(n))$. But it still does not beat comparison based sorting algorithms.
What if we make value of $b$ larger?. What should be the value of $b$ to make the time complexity linear? If we set $\mathbf{b}$ as $\mathbf{n}$ then  we will get the time complexity as $O(n)$.

In other words, we can sort an array of integers with range from $1$ to $n^{c}$, If the numbers are represented in base $n$ (or every digit takes $\log_2(n)$ bits).

Reference  --> http://www.geeksforgeeks.org/radix-sort/

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Gd explanation ....
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Answer :-> D

As no comparison based sort can ever do any better than nlogn (Unless in special cases) a,b,c are eliminated. nlogn is lower bound for comparison based sorting.

As Radix sort is not comparison based sort (it is counting sort) D is correct !
answered by Veteran (48.5k points)
shouldn't it include quick sort also?here it is asked to sort 1 element i.e. 'n' in the range 1 to $n^3$.
what would be the complexity of the radix sort in this case?
time complexity of radix sort is theta ((n+k)d)
counting sort will take theta(n^3)??
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Answer: D

Radix sort complexity is O(wn) for n keys which are integers of word size w.
answered by Veteran (35.8k points)

Here word size = ( 1 to n3) . = 3 log10(n) ...

So again time complexity would be = n log n .

Correct me if I am wrong ..

I think @Akash gave correct reason. Because no comparison based sorting in all cases(best, avg., worst) gives O(n) complexity
Nice explanation.

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