nonbalanced merge sort


Definition: A k-way merge sort in which the number of input and output data streams is different for any particular pass. Typically P input streams are merged and distributed to T output streams on one pass followed by a merge of the T inputs and distribution to P outputs.

See also merge sort, simple merge, balanced merge sort.

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Art S. Kagel, "nonbalanced merge sort", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 16 May 2005. (accessed TODAY) Available from: