C++ Program for Stooge Sort

The Stooge sort is a recursive sorting algorithm. It is defined as below (for ascending order sorting).

Step 1 : If value at index 0 is greater than
         value at last index, swap them.
Step 2:  Recursively,
       a) Stooge sort the initial 2/3rd of the array.
       b) Stooge sort the last 2/3rd of the array.
       c) Stooge sort the initial 2/3rd again to confirm.






// C++ code to implement stooge sort
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
// Function to implement stooge sort
void stoogesort(int arr[],int l, int h)
    if (l >= h)
    // If first element is smaller than last,
    // swap them
    if (arr[l] > arr[h])
       swap(arr[l], arr[h]);
    // If there are more than 2 elements in
    // the array
        int t = (h-l+1)/3;
        // Recursively sort first 2/3 elements
        stoogesort(arr, l, h-t);
        // Recursively sort last 2/3 elements
        stoogesort(arr, l+t, h);
        // Recursively sort first 2/3 elements
        // again to confirm
        stoogesort(arr, l, h-t);
// Driver Code
int main()
    int arr[] = {2, 4, 5, 3, 1};
    int n = sizeof(arr)/sizeof(arr[0]);
    // Calling Stooge Sort function to sort
    // the array
    stoogesort(arr, 0, n-1);
    // Display the sorted array
    for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
        cout << arr[i] << " ";
    return 0;



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