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```import random

def select(data, positions, start=0, end=None):
'''For every n in *positions* find nth rank ordered element in *data*
inplace select'''
if not end: end = len(data) - 1
if end < start:
return []
if end == start:
return [data[start]]
pivot_rand_i = random.randrange(start,end)
pivot_rand = data[pivot_rand_i] # get random pivot
data[end], data[pivot_rand_i] = data[pivot_rand_i], data[end]
pivot_i = start
for i in xrange(start, end): # partitioning about the pivot
if data[i] < pivot_rand:
data[pivot_i], data[i] = data[i], data[pivot_i]
pivot_i += 1
data[end], data[pivot_i] = data[pivot_i], data[end]
under_positions, over_positions, mid_positions = [],[],[]
for position in positions:
if position == pivot_i:
mid_positions.append(position)
elif position < pivot_i:
under_positions.append(position)
else:
over_positions.append(position)

result = []
if len(under_positions) > 0:
result.extend(select(data, under_positions, start, pivot_i-1))
if len(mid_positions) > 0:
result.extend([data[position] for position in mid_positions])
if len(over_positions) > 0:
result.extend(select(data, over_positions, pivot_i+1, end))
return result
```