This set of Discrete Mathematics Multiple Choice s & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Algorithms”.

1. An algorithm is a _________ set of precise instructions for performing computation.

a) Infinite

b) Finite

c) Constant

d) None of the mentioned

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Explanation: By the definition of algorithm.

2. Out of following which property algorithms does not share?

a) Input

b) Finiteness

c) Generality

d) Constancy

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Explanation: All the others are the properties of algorithms.

3. In ________ search each element is compared with x till not found.

a) Binary

b) Sequential

c) Merge

d) None of the mentioned

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Explanation: In linear or sequential search entire list is searched sequentially for x.

4. If the entire list is searched sequentially without locating x in linear search, the solution is ___.

a) 0

b) -1

c) 1

d) 2

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Explanation: If the element is not found in the entire list, then the solution is 0.

5. To sort a list with n elements, the insertion sort begins with the ________ element.

a) First

b) Second

c) Third

d) Fourth

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Explanation: The insertion sort compares second element with first element to start sorting.

6. _______ comparisons required to sort the list 1, 2, 3…….n using insertion sort.

a) (n^{2} + n + 2) / 2

b) (n^{3} + n – 2) / 2

c) (n^{2} + n – 2) / 2

d) (n^{2} – n – 2) / 2

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Explanation: 2+3+4+….6n = (n

^{2}+ n – 2) / 2.

7. The Worst case occurs in linear search algorithm when

a) Item is somewhere in the middle of the array

b) Item is not in the array at all

c) Item is the last element in the array

d) Item is the last element in the array or is not there at all

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Explanation: The Worst case occur in linear search algorithm when Item is the last element in the array or is not there at all.

8. List obtained in third pass of selection sort for list 3, 5, 4, 1, 2 is ___________.

a) 1, 2, 4, 3, 5

b) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

c) 1, 5, 4, 3, 2

d) 3, 5, 4, 1, 2

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Explanation: The selection sort begins with finding the least element in the list. This element is moved to front and then the least element among the remaining elements. is found and put into the second position and so on.

9. The operation of processing each element in the list is known as

a) Sorting

b) Merging

c) Inserting

d) Traversal

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Explanation: The operation of processing each element in the list is known as Traversal.

10. The complexity of Bubble sort algorithm is

a) O(n)

b) O(log n)

c) O(n^{2})

d) O(n log n)

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Explanation: The complexity of Bubble sort algorithm is O(n

^{2}).

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