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introspective sort

(algorithm)

Definition: A variant of quicksort which switches to heapsort for pathological inputs, that is, when execution time is becoming quadratic.

Also known as introsort.

Author: PEB

More information

David R. Musser, Introspective Sorting and Selection Algorithms, Software-Practice and Experience, 8:983-993, 1997.


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