bozo sort


Definition: A terribly inefficient sort algorithm that randomly swaps items until they are in order.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
Las Vegas algorithm.

See also bogosort, stooge sort, lucky sort.

Note: Run time analysis in
Hermann Gruber, Markus Holzer, and Oliver Ruepp, Sorting the slow way: An analysis of perversely awful randomized sorting algorithms, FUN 2007, LNCS 4475, pp. 183-197, 2007. Available at
Note: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is misspelled on the sixth page, although it is spelled correctly in the footnote.

Author: PEB


demonstration and source code (Java).
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