name of a sorting algorithm

Mel Wilson mwilson at
Tue Feb 14 10:25:16 EST 2012

Jabba Laci wrote:
> Could someone please tell me what the following sorting algorithm is
> called?
> Let an array contain the elements a_1, a_2, ..., a_N. Then:
for i in xrange (N-1):
    for j in xrange (i, N):
        if a[j] < a[i]:
            a[i], a[j] = a[j], a[i]
> It's so simple that it's not mentioned anywhere. I guess it's called
> "selection sort" but I'm not sure. The minimum selection sort is an
> improvement of this one.

It's what Wikipedia says a selection sort is: put the least element in [0], 
the least of the remaining elements in [1], etc.


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