Stooge sort

Updated: 15.09.2019

Stooge sort (sorting by parts) – a recursive array sorting algorithm.

Description of the sorting algorithm by parts

The stooge sort sorting algorithm is as follows:

  • If the value of the last element of the array is less than the value of the first element, then we swap them;
  • If the array contains three or more elements, then:
    • Recursively call the method for the first 23 elements;
    • Recursively call the method for the last 23 elements;
    • Again, recursively call the method for the first 23 elements;

Implementation of Stooge sort

using System;

class program
{
    // element exchange method
    static void Swap(ref int a, ref int b)
    {
        var t = a;
        a = b;
        b = t;
    }

    // sort by parts
    static int[] StoogeSort(int[] array, int startIndex, int endIndex)
    {
        if (array[startIndex] > array[endIndex])
        {
            Swap(ref array[startIndex], ref array[endIndex]);
        }

        if (endIndex - startIndex > 1)
        {
            var len = (endIndex - startIndex + 1) / 3;
            StoogeSort(array, startIndex, endIndex - len);
            StoogeSort(array, startIndex + len, endIndex);
            StoogeSort(array, startIndex, endIndex - len);
        }

        return array;
    }

    static int[] StoogeSort(int[] array)
    {
        return StoogeSort(array, 0, array.Length - 1);
    }

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("Sort in parts");
        Console.Write("Enter elements of the array:");
        var parts = Console.ReadLine().Split(new[] { "", ",", ";" }, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);
        var array = new int[parts.Length];
        for (int i = 0; i < parts.Length; i++)
        {
            array[i] = Convert.ToInt32(parts[i]);
        }

        Console.WriteLine("Ordered array: {0}", string.Join(",", StoogeSort(array)));

        Console.ReadLine();
    }
}

The result of the program: Partial sorting algorithm

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