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comparison sort

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Definition: Any sort algorithm using comparisons between keys, and nothing else about the keys, to arrange items in a predetermined order. An alternative is a restricted universe sort such as counting sort or bucket sort.

See also quicksort, insertion sort.

Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 3-23, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.

Author: CRC-A


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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "comparison sort", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/comparisnsrt.html