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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

This page demonstrates the Insertion Sort algorithm.

idcolourrandom
1purple505
2yellow874
3red406
4green883
5green773
6orange898
7blue334
8red69
9purple902
10green508
11blue396
12yellow365
13blue697
14orange361
15orange776
16yellow270
17red234
18green145
19blue787
20green855
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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