From charlesreid1

Analysis of Selection Sort

Consider the following selection sort algorithm:

selection_sort(int s[], int n)
{
    int i, j; // counters
    int min; // index of minimum

    for(i=0; i<n; i++) {
        min = i;
        for(j=i+1; j<n; j++) 
          if(s[j] < s[min]) min = j;
        swap(&s[i], &s[min]);
    }
}

performing the algorithmic analysis:

  • for loop with i index operates O(n) times
  • second for loop operates O(i) times, within the loop that runs n times, for an algorithmic complexity given below.


O(i) : \sum_{i=1}^{n} i = \dfrac{n(n+1)}{2} \sim O(n^2)

Overall this algorithm is quadratic.

Analysis of Insertion Sort

Consider the following insertion sort algorithm:

for(i=1; i<n; i++) { 
    j = i;
    while((j>0)&&(s[j]<s[j-1])) {
        swap(&s[j],&s[j-1]);
        j=j-1;
    }
}

This algorithm requires focusing on the worst case scenario.

The outer for loop runs n times, and is O(n).

The inner for loop has two conditions that must be met. We can assume j>0 always, and focus on when the other condition would be true - when would a random index of S be less than its neighbor? Worst case assumption is, it will always be smaller, and so the while loop will run every single time. This gives us a while loop where j iterates from i to 0.

As before, the outer loop is O(n) and the inner loop is O(i), and therefore runs \frac{n(n+1)}{2} times, or O(n^2).


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