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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

This page demonstrates the Insertion Sort algorithm.

idcolourrandom
1yellow178
2blue715
3red960
4purple802
5green1000
6orange612
7red625
8orange702
9blue28
10orange971
11red54
12purple631
13blue191
14yellow22
15yellow886
16yellow477
17green282
18blue426
19red708
20purple40
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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