## Python, search, quick_select.py

``````"""
A Python implementation of the quick select algorithm, which is efficient for
calculating the value that would appear in the index of a list if it would be
sorted, even if it is not already sorted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quickselect
"""
import random

def _partition(data: list, pivot) -> tuple:
"""
Three way partition the data into smaller, equal and greater lists,
in relationship to the pivot
:param data: The data to be sorted (a list)
:param pivot: The value to partition the data on
:return: Three list: smaller, equal and greater
"""
less, equal, greater = [], [], []
for element in data:
if element < pivot:
less.append(element)
elif element > pivot:
greater.append(element)
else:
equal.append(element)
return less, equal, greater

def quick_select(items: list, index: int):
"""
>>> quick_select([2, 4, 5, 7, 899, 54, 32], 5)
54
>>> quick_select([2, 4, 5, 7, 899, 54, 32], 1)
4
>>> quick_select([5, 4, 3, 2], 2)
4
>>> quick_select([3, 5, 7, 10, 2, 12], 3)
7
"""
# index = len(items) // 2 when trying to find the median
#   (value of index when items is sorted)

# invalid input
if index >= len(items) or index < 0:
return None

pivot = items[random.randint(0, len(items) - 1)]
count = 0
smaller, equal, larger = _partition(items, pivot)
count = len(equal)
m = len(smaller)

# index is the pivot
if m <= index < m + count:
return pivot
# must be in smaller
elif m > index:
return quick_select(smaller, index)
# must be in larger
else:
return quick_select(larger, index - (m + count))
``````