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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

This page demonstrates the Insertion Sort algorithm.

idcolourrandom
1green694
2orange50
3red516
4purple540
5blue889
6yellow685
7red334
8green784
9purple733
10yellow430
11blue989
12red696
13purple904
14blue263
15green641
16green636
17green434
18red51
19purple260
20red808
Sort by DESC?

[add rows to TABLE]

How does it work?

For a more detailed discussion on the sorting process, you can refer to the Bubble Sort page. The only difference between the two is the actual sorting algorithm, with the Insertion Sort, in theory, being a little bit faster:

// global variables var parent = null; // 'parent' node var items = new Array(); // array of 'child' nodes var col = 0; // column for sorting function sortTable(tableid, n, desc) { parent = document.getElementById(tableid); col = n; if(parent.nodeName != "TBODY") parent = parent.getElementsByTagName("TBODY")[0]; if(parent.nodeName != "TBODY") return false; // assert: parent is now a TBODY node items = parent.getElementsByTagName("TR"); var N = items.length; // insertion sort for(var j=1; j < N; j++) { for(var i=j; i > 0 && compare(get(i), get(i-1), desc); i--) { exchange(i, i-1); } } }

For more advanced (and complicated) sorting techniques, see the Shell Sort and Quick Sort demonstrations.

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