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Bogosort

Bogosort (also stupid sort or slowsort) is a particularly ineffective sorting algorithm based on the generate and test paradigm. It is not useful for sorting, but may be used for educational purposes, to contrast it with other more realistic algorithms.

Bogosort takes on average $n!$ attempts to select the right answer. Since each isSorted and shuffle are $O(n)$, bogosort takes $O(n.n!)$ time overall. The extreme time complexity is the reason this example is only sorting 5 items.

This implementation makes use of Is Sorted and Fisher-Yates shuffle.

Properties

  • $O(1)$ space
  • $O(n.n!)$ time
  • Not stable
  • Not adaptive

λ bogosort

bogosort.txt · Last modified: 2015/02/02 08:28 (external edit)