Re: Median: Oasis and Fast Sorting Algorithm

On Sat, 2007-10-02 at 00:38 +0200, Leonard Mada wrote:

2. The *OASIS open formula document* puts the sorting of the array as a 
prerequisite to defining the median. This is misleading and should 
therefore be replaced with a more algorithm neutral definition. 
Unfortunately, the subscription to OASIS is too expensive for me, 
therefore I hope that other persons that do have access to the 
development board point this out.

You are clearly misreading the document. The Open Formula document does
not prescribe algorithms but only describes the return value of the
Median function. So the value ought to be the middle value (or the
average of the two middle values) if the data were sorted. No
implementaion would be required to in fact sort the data!


Although this definition is somehow more complex, I believe it is more 
accurate and more algorithm neutral.

How can it be _more_ "accurate"?  The OpenFormula description is 100%

I think it is imperative that the least complex accurate definition is
used in the OpenFormula document. It is up to implementation to chose
the preferred algorithm. (The ideal algorithm may vary depending on the
type of data they typically encounter.)


Andreas J. Guelzow
Pyrenean Shepherds

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