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Which of the following is not a variant of merge sort?

(a) in-place merge sort

(b) bottom up merge sort

(c) top down merge sort

(d) linear merge sort

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Correct choice is (d) linear merge sort

The best I can explain: In-place, top down and bottom up merge sort are different variants of merge sort. Whereas linear merge sort is not a possible variant as it is a comparison based sort and the minimum time complexity of any comparison based sort is O(n log n).

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