# Exercise 7.2.5

Suppose that the splits at every level of quicksort are in proportion $1 - \alpha$ to $\alpha$, where $0 < \alpha \le 1/2$ is a constant. Show that the minumum depth of a leaf in the recursion tree is approximately $-\lg{n}/lg{\alpha}$ and the maximum depth is approximately $-\lg{n}/\lg(1-\alpha)$. (Don't worry about integer round-off)

The minimum depth of the tree is the solution of $n\alpha^x \le 1$:

$$n\alpha^x \le 1 \\ \Downarrow \\ \alpha^x \le \frac 1 n \\ \Downarrow \\ x \ge \log_{\alpha}\frac{1}{n} \\ \Downarrow \\ \log_{\alpha}\frac{1}{n} = \log_{1/\alpha} = \frac{\lg{n}}{\lg(1/\alpha)} = - \frac{\lg{n}}{\lg{\alpha}}$$

In the same way, the maximum depth is $\log_{1/(1-\alpha)}n = - \frac{\lg{n}}{\lg(1-\alpha)}$