taco sort


Definition: A terribly inefficient sort algorithm that repeatedly changes a random item by a random amount until a sorted permutation occurs. For an array of n elements of k bits each, the expected run time is n × 2nk.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
sort algorithm, Las Vegas algorithm.

See also bogosort, bozo sort, permutation sort, stooge sort, lucky sort.

Note: Michael Bernard "came up with tacosort while trying to create an algorithm that is even less efficient than bogosort."

The run time is the same as exhaustive search.

Author: PEB

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