The classification problem transforms a set of N numbers in such a way that none of the first N/2 numbers exceeds any of the last N/2 numbers. A comparator network that solves the classification problem on a set of r numbers is commonly called an r-classifier. This paper shows how the well-known Leighton’s Columnsort algorithm can be modified to solve the classification problem of N = rs numbers using an r-classifier instead of an r-sorting network. Overall, the r-classifier is used O(s) times, namely, the same number of times that Columnsort applies an r-sorter. A hardware implementation is proposed that runs in optimal O(s+log r) time and uses an O(r log r(s + log r)) work. The implementation shows that, when N = r log r, there is a classifier network solving the classification problem on N numbers in the same O(log r) time and using the same O(r log r) comparators as an r-classifier, thus saving a log r factor in the number of comparators over an (r log r)-classifier.

### Classifying matrices separating rows and columns

#### Abstract

The classification problem transforms a set of N numbers in such a way that none of the first N/2 numbers exceeds any of the last N/2 numbers. A comparator network that solves the classification problem on a set of r numbers is commonly called an r-classifier. This paper shows how the well-known Leighton’s Columnsort algorithm can be modified to solve the classification problem of N = rs numbers using an r-classifier instead of an r-sorting network. Overall, the r-classifier is used O(s) times, namely, the same number of times that Columnsort applies an r-sorter. A hardware implementation is proposed that runs in optimal O(s+log r) time and uses an O(r log r(s + log r)) work. The implementation shows that, when N = r log r, there is a classifier network solving the classification problem on N numbers in the same O(log r) time and using the same O(r log r) comparators as an r-classifier, thus saving a log r factor in the number of comparators over an (r log r)-classifier.
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2004
BERTOSSI A.; S. OLARIU; M.C. PINOTTI; S.Q. ZHENG
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