Definition: A variant of quicksort which attempts to choose a pivot likely to represent the middle of the values to be sorted.
See also median.
Note: This is one of several attempts to prevent bad worst cases in quicksort by choosing the initial pivot.
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Entry modified 17 December 2004.
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Art S. Kagel, "balanced quicksort", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/balancedqsrt.html