# Algorithm Technical Interview Questions and Answers For Graduates Part-2

**11. How to find median of a BST?**

Find the no. of elements on the left side.

If it is n-1 the root is the median.

If it is more than n-1, then it has already been found in the left subtree.

Else it should be in the right subtree

**12. What is Diffie-Hellman?**

It is a method by which a key can be securely shared by two users without any actual exchange.

**13. What is the goal of the shortest distance algorithm?**

The goal is completely fill the distance array so that for each vertex v, the value of distance[v] is the weight of the shortest path from start to v.

**14. Explain the depth of recursion?**

This is another recursion procedure which is the number of times the procedure is called recursively in the process of enlarging a given argument or arguments. Usually this quantity is not obvious except in the case of extremely simple recursive functions, such as FACTORIAL (N), for which the depth is N.

**15. Explain about the algorithm ORD_WORDS?**

This algorithm constructs the vectors TITLE, KEYWORD and T_INDEX.

**16. Which are the sorting algorithms categories?**

Sorting algorithms can be divided into five categories:

a) insertion sorts

b) exchange sorts

c) selection sorts

d) merge sorts

e) distribution sorts

**17.Define a brute-force algorithm. Give a short example.**

A brute force algorithm is a type of algorithm that proceeds in a simple and obvious way, but requires a huge number of steps to complete. As an example, if you want to find out the factors of a given number N, using this sort of algorithm will require to get one by one all the possible number combinations.

**18. What is a greedy algorithm? Give examples of problems solved using greedy algorithms.**

A greedy algorithm is any algorithm that makes the local optimal choice at each stage with the hope of finding the global optimum. A classical problem which can be solved using a greedy strategy is the traveling salesman problem. Another problems that can be solved using greedy algorithms are the graph coloring problem and all the NP-complete problems.

**19. What is a backtracking algorithm? Provide several examples.**

It is an algorithm that considers systematically all possible outcomes for each decision. Examples of backtracking algorithms are the eight queens problem or generating permutations of a given sequence.

**20. What is the difference between a backtracking algorithm and a brute-force one?**

Due to the fact that a backtracking algorithm takes all the possible outcomes for a decision, it is similar from this point of view with the brute force algorithm. The difference consists in the fact that sometimes a backtracking algorithm can detect that an exhaustive search is unnecessary and, therefore, it can perform much better.

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