Exact L^2-distance from the limit for QuickSort key comparisons (extended abstract)

Patrick Bindjeme, James Allen Fill

Using a recursive approach, we obtain a simple exact expression for the L^2-distance from the limit in R\'egnier's (1989) classical limit theorem for the number of key comparisons required by QuickSort. A previous study by Fill and Janson (2002) using a similar approach found that the d_2-distance is of order between n^{-1} log n and n^{-1/2}, and another by Neininger and Ruschendorf (2002) found that the Zolotarev zeta_3-distance is of exact order n^{-1} log n. Our expression reveals that the L^2-distance is asymptotically equivalent to (2 n^{-1} ln n)^{1/2}.

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