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Re: Quicksort (of a stack)

by clintp (Curate)
on Mar 26, 2002 at 12:58 UTC ( #154384=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Quicksort (of a stack)
in thread Algorithm Pop Quiz: Sorting

Excellent. If you'll notice I *did* post a function (in PASM) that does a peek into the stack. The $2 question is, does the overhead of that function destroy the benefits of a quicksort? (I'll bet it does.) This is kinda cool though.

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Re: Re: Quicksort (of a stack)
by robin (Chaplain) on Mar 26, 2002 at 13:10 UTC
    Yeah I agree. I don't think it would be worth it.

    The quicksort should still be quicker than bubblesort most of the time - substantially quicker if there are a lot of elements to sort. If you do get this implemented in parrotcode, I'd be interested in seeing any benchmarks etc.

    It's an interesting curiosity that it's possible to do a sensible quicksort at all. I briefly considered using mergesort, but I don't think it can be done at all efficiently because there's only one stack.

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