Definition: Search an array or list by checking items one at a time. If the value is found, swap it with its predecessor so it is found faster next time.
Also known as self-organizing sequential search.
Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
linear search, Self-organising_heuristic [Wikipedia].
See also move-to-front heuristic, self-organizing list.
Note: This moves more frequently searched items to the front. If a few items are sought much more often than the rest, this can save time. A binary search or hash table is almost always faster, though.
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Entry modified 23 December 2011.
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Paul E. Black, "transpose sequential search", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 23 December 2011. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/transposeSeqSearch.html