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Java Program for Selection Sort

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 09 Aug, 2017

The selection sort algorithm sorts an array by repeatedly finding the minimum element (considering ascending order) from unsorted part and putting it at the beginning. The algorithm maintains two subarrays in a given array.

1) The subarray which is already sorted.
2) Remaining subarray which is unsorted.

In every iteration of selection sort, the minimum element (considering ascending order) from the unsorted subarray is picked and moved to the sorted subarray.


// Java program for implementation of Selection Sort
class SelectionSort
    void sort(int arr[])
        int n = arr.length;
        // One by one move boundary of unsorted subarray
        for (int i = 0; i < n-1; i++)
            // Find the minimum element in unsorted array
            int min_idx = i;
            for (int j = i+1; j < n; j++)
                if (arr[j] < arr[min_idx])
                    min_idx = j;
            // Swap the found minimum element with the first
            // element
            int temp = arr[min_idx];
            arr[min_idx] = arr[i];
            arr[i] = temp;
    // Prints the array
    void printArray(int arr[])
        int n = arr.length;
        for (int i=0; i<n; ++i)
            System.out.print(arr[i]+" ");
    // Driver code to test above
    public static void main(String args[])
        SelectionSort ob = new SelectionSort();
        int arr[] = {64,25,12,22,11};
        System.out.println("Sorted array");
/* This code is contributed by Rajat Mishra*/

Please refer complete article on Selection Sort for more details!

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