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Sorting algorithms

Sorting an array of items is one of the oldest and most important tasks that can be carried out with a computer. For this reason, the first sorting algorithms were devised very shortly after the advent of electronic computers.

In this tutorial, we present some of the most important sorting algorithms - with an interactive graphical display of each sorting routine:

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Authors of this tutorial, and in particular of these applets: Hermann Gruber and Felix Wimmer

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