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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

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JavaScript: DHTML Insertion Sort

This page demonstrates the Insertion Sort algorithm.

idcolourrandom
1orange363
2blue399
3green794
4yellow350
5red927
6blue616
7purple456
8yellow853
9purple55
10green617
11purple479
12blue687
13green747
14yellow165
15blue277
16orange765
17red231
18yellow863
19red221
20green233
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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