vaibhav vaibhav - 3 months ago 10
C++ Question

Which type of sorting is used in the std::sort()?

Can anyone please tell me that which type of sorting technique (bubble, insertion, selection, quick, merge, count...) is implemented in the

std::sort()
function defined in the
<algorithm>
header file?

Answer

Most implementations of std::sort use quicksort, (or usually a hybrid algorithm like introsort, which combines quicksort, heapsort and insertion sort).

The only thing the standard requires is that std::sort somehow sort the data according to the specified ordering with a complexity of approximately O(N log(N)); it is not guaranteed to be stable. Technically, introsort better meets the complexity requirement than quicksort, because quicksort has quadratic worst-case time.