Increasing the efficiency of existing sorting algorithms by using randomized wrappers

Alexandros V. Gerbessiotis, Constantinos J. Siniolakis

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There are several generic sorting algorithms available that are highly optimized and are provided as part of standard programming libraries, such as the qsort implementation of quicksort available through the C standard library. In this work we present a practical algorithmic transformation that uses random sampling and ordered search, that can convert an existing implementation of any sorting algorithm X into a sorting algorithm Y of higher observed efficiency but which still utilizes X for sorting. The resulting algorithm Y is a randomized algorithm of faster running time with high probability. Experimental results based on an implementation of the transformation support the efficiency claim. The transformation could be used as a wrapper for sorting implementations to increase their efficiency and to eliminate the spikes of poor performance of such implementations for certain input instances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-504
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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