Shell sort

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The Shell sort algorithm (aka shellsort or Shell's sort) is an integer sorting algorithm. It is a fast sorting algorithm (although slower than quicksort) that has the advantage that it is non-recursive, so it doesn't use the call stack. Therefore the method is advantageous on small and embedded systems and for sorting very large arrays. The algorithm was published in assembler code by Donald L. Shell in 1959.

Features

  • Very fast
  • Doesn't need the call stack

unit UShellSort.pas

unit UShellSort;

{$mode objfpc}{$H+}

interface

uses
  Classes, SysUtils;

type
  TShellSortItem = integer;

procedure ShellSort(var a: array of TShellSortItem);

implementation

procedure ShellSort(var a: array of TShellSortItem);
var i, j, h, n, v : integer;
begin
  n := length(a);
  h := 1;
  repeat
   h := 3*h + 1
  until h > n;
  repeat
   h := h div 3;
   for i := h + 1 to n do
    begin
     v := a[i];
     j := i;
     while (j > h) AND (a[j-h] > v) do
      begin
        a[j] := a[j-h];
        j := j - h;
      end;
     a[j] := v;
    end
   until h = 1;
end;

end.


Example of the use

uses
  UShellSort

  ...

var

  a: array[0..100] of integer; 


begin

  ...

  ShellSort(a);

References