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  • Last Updated : 13 Jun, 2022
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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.


# Python program to implement stooge sort
def stoogesort(arr, l, h):
 if l >= h:
 # If first element is smaller
 # than last,swap them
 if arr[l]>arr[h]:
  t = arr[l]
  arr[l] = arr[h]
  arr[h] = t
 # If there are more than 2 elements in
 # the array
 if h-l+1 > 2:
  t = (int)((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
arr = [2, 4, 5, 3, 1]
n = len(arr)
stoogesort(arr, 0, n-1)
for i in range(0, n):
 print(arr[i], end = ' ')
# Code Contributed by Mohit Gupta_OMG <(0_o)>


1 2 3 4 5 

Time Complexity:
The running time complexity of stooge sort can be written as,
T(n) = 3T(3n/2) + O(1)
Solution of above recurrence is O(n(log3/log1.5)) = O(n2.709), hence it is slower than even bubble sort(n2).
Auxiliary Space: O(n)

Please refer complete article on Stooge Sort for more details!

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