Selection Sort

Last Updated Nov 20, 2015, 07:00:14 PM

What is is sorting?

Sorting is an algorithm that is used to sort the elements in a particular order by moving the wrong elements away from the queue. This technique sorts the adjacent elements and keeps them in the right order.

There are different types of sorting algorithms which are used to perform different sorting methods. The most popular sorting algorithms are Selection Sort, Merge Sort, Quick Sort

How Sorting Works?

Sorting algorithms work by moving elements to their final position, one at a time. You sort an array of size N, put 1 item in place, and continue sorting an array of size N – 1

Let us say there are N elements which are not in order. To sort those elements we need to perform N-1 iterations. At each iteration the largest elements will be moved to the last position and the smallest element will be moved to the first position.

Selection Sort in C

Selection sort finds the smallest element by scanning all the items. When the selection sort finds a smallest element it will simply swap and repeats the process on all the remaining N-1 items

This sorting method first checks the entire array elements to find the smallest element first, when it finds a smallest item it will swap it the first element in the array. And then it will look for the next smallest element in the remaning array and this process will go on until it sort the array


The best case/worst-case runtime complexity is O(n2)

Example Output
Enter the size of the list: 6
Enter the elements in list:
The sorted list in ascending order is
3 4 4 6 7 8