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Acta Informatica

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 225–227 | Cite as

Remarks on “A Synthesis of Several Sorting Algorithms” by John Darlington

  • David R. Barstow
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Summary

In his paper “A Synthesis of Several Sorting Algorithms,” John Darlington presents syntheses for six different sorting algorithms, together with a family tree of sorting algorithms, and mentions a symmetry between Quick Sort, Selection Sort, Merge Sort, and Insertion Sort. In our own attempts to codify programming knowledge, we have developed a slightly different family tree which shows similar symmetries, and which also shows that Bubble Sort and Sinking Sort can be viewed as in-place versions of Selection Sort and Insertion Sort, thus adding another symmetry to those noted by Darlington.

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Information System Operating System Data Structure Communication Network Information Theory 
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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Barstow
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceYale UniversityYale StationUSA

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