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Assume that the last element of the set is used as partition element in Quicksort. If $n$ distinct elements from the set $\left[1\dots n\right]$ are to be sorted, give an input for which Quicksort takes maximum time.
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The algorithm will take maximum time when:

  1. The array is already sorted in same order.(Here,ascending order)
  2. The array is already sorted in reverse order.
  3. All elements are same in the array(Here,we have n distinct elements).So, we can say the above points (1) and (2) as answers.
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@Arjun Sir what is the meaning of 1) The array is already sorted in same order.

is it mean elements are in ascending order?
@srestha It means if our goal is to sort in asc order.

and array is already in asc order.
3rd point in the answer is not a valid case as question says input is distinct elements
@rahul sharma
He has said a generic statement, which is not specific to this question.
quick sort:

1==>ascending order:o(n^2)

2==>descending order:o(n^2)

3==>quick sort is a unstable algo,so if all elements are same then also it takes o(n^2) time complexity(3rd point is not applicable in this problem as in problem given all the elements are distinct )

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