stooge sort


Definition: A terribly inefficient sort algorithm that swaps the top and bottom items if needed, then (recursively) sorts the bottom two-thirds, then the top two-thirds, then the bottom two-thirds again.

See also bozo sort, bogosort, lucky sort.

Author: PEB


demonstration and source code (Java).
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Paul E. Black, "stooge sort", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 29 September 2014. (accessed TODAY) Available from: