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In most cases the top solutions are equivalent, but Discipulus' fourth solution is a clear winner in a case of all negatives because it's the only one to short circuit after a simple sort in that case. swl is right though, a single zero (or positive value) in an otherwise all-negative list would completely cancel that shortcut.

Anyway, fantastic thread haukex, thanks for creating it (and thanks to everyone for adding to it :D). It's a surprisingly simple and powerful example of why efficient sorting is hard, how you can't tell a good some code is just by looking at it (and shortest does not mean fastest), with some examples of easily you can reach the wrong conclusion if you are not careful with Benchmarking.


In reply to Re^2: Fastest way to sort a list of integers into 0,1,2,3,-3,-2,-1 by Eily
in thread Fastest way to sort a list of integers into 0,1,2,3,-3,-2,-1 by haukex

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