Definition: Given an array A of n elements and a positive integer k ≤ n, find the kth smallest element of A and partition the array such that A, ..., A[k-1] ≤ A[k] ≤ A[k+1], ..., A[n].
See also select kth element, Select, MODIFIND, Find.
Note: Algorithms to solve this problem are often used in sort algorithms or to find the median of a set. These can be easily changed to find the kth largest element.
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Vladimir Zabrodsky, "select and partition", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 31 July 2009. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/selectAndPartition.html