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The RandomizedPartition algorithm referred to from the previous lecture modifies the source data. This means that in the general case you would need to make a complete copy of the array argument.
Meanwhile, bin sorting at can be accomplished in linear time, which suggests an alternative approach for some cases: perform a bin sort against the list, then find the k-th value from that sorted list (this would be valid work when max(A) - min(A) was not significantly larger than length(A))
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