Selection Sort Algorithm

The selection sort is using a combination of searching and sorting. Each unsorted element that has the smallest or largest value is moved to the proper position.

The inner loop (see the example) is used for the selection and this loop is searching for the smallest or largest value.
The outer loop is used for putting that value into its proper position.

The selection sort is not a very efficient sorting algorithm because the can’t end early (even if the sort begins with a sorted list.)

Take a look at the selection sort example:

using namespace std;

int main(void)
        int array[5];		// An array of integers.
        int length = 5;		// Lenght of the array.
        int i, j;
        int firstelement, temp;

	//Some input
	for (i = 0; i < length; i++)
		cout << "Enter a number: ";
		cin >> array[i];

        for (i= length - 1; i > 0; i--)
           firstelement = 0;
           for (j=1; j<=i; j++)
                 if (array[j] < array[firstelement])
                 firstelement = j;
           temp = array[firstelement];
           array[firstelement] = array[i];
           array[i] = temp;

	//Some output
	for (i = 0; i < 5; i++)
		cout << array[i] << endl;

That is all for this tutorial.

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  1. vijay on August 29th, 2013:

    nice program