**Sorting Algorithm Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples** - 6.12, by Herong Yang

Most Popular Sorting Algorithms

This section describes some most popular sorting algorithms - Selection Sort, Insertion Sort, Bubble Sort, Quicksort, Merge Sort, Heap Sort and Shell Sort.

There are many sorting algorithms have been developed over the years. I will only try to cover the following popular ones in this book:

**Insertion Sort** - A simple and slow sorting algorithm that repeatedly takes
the next element from the un-sorted section and inserts it into the sorted section
at the correct position.

**Selection Sort** - A simple and slow sorting algorithm that repeatedly selects
the lowest or highest element from the un-sorted section and moves it to
the end of the sorted section.

**Bubble Sort** - A simple and slow sorting algorithm that repeatedly steps through
the collection, compares each pair of adjacent elements and swaps them
if they are in the wrong order.

**Quicksort** - A complex and fast sorting algorithm that repeatedly divides an un-sorted
section into a lower order sub-section and a higher order sub-section by comparing to a pivot element.

**Merge Sort** - A complex and fast sorting algorithm that repeatedly divides an un-sorted
section into two equal sub-sections, sorts them separately and merges them correctly.

**Heap Sort** - A complex and fast sorting algorithm that organizes original collection
into a heap which is a binary tree with every node higher that its children in order,
then repeatedly takes the root node to the end of the sorted section and rebuilds the heap
with remaining notes.

**Shell Sort** - A complex and fast sorting algorithm that repeatedly divides the entire collection
into sub-collections by taking every h-th element for a fixed gap h and performs an insertion sort
each sub-collection.

Table of Contents

►Introduction of Sorting Algorithms

►Most Popular Sorting Algorithms

Java API for Sorting Algorithms

Insertion Sort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Selection Sort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Bubble Sort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Quicksort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Merge Sort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Heap Sort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Shell Sort Algorithm and Java Implementation

Sorting Algorithms Implementations in PHP

Sorting Algorithms Implementations in Perl

Sorting Algorithms Implementations in Python