Lecture 6: Order Statistics, Median

author: Charles E. Leiserson, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Feb. 10, 2009,   recorded: September 2005,   views: 31685
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