distribution sort


Definition: Any sort algorithm where items are distributed from the input to multiple intermediate structures, which are then gathered and placed on the output.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)

Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
bucket sort, linear probing sort, shuffle sort, merge sort, radix sort, UnShuffle sort, restricted universe sort, strand sort, distributive partitioning sort.

Note: Many distribution sorts are also merge sorts depending on how the distribution is performed.

Author: ASK

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Entry modified 28 November 2014.
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Art S. Kagel, "distribution sort", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 28 November 2014. (accessed TODAY) Available from: