R-alpha: Sorting Efficiency -- A bit of humour...

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard@kubism.ku.dk
05 Sep 1997 17:04:22 +0200

Apropos sorting, I stumbled across this one a moment ago:

From: rjd4@cam.ac.uk (Bob Dowling)
Subject: Re: Sorting algorithms (was Re: Whoo hoo)
Newsgroups: alt.sysadmin.recovery
Date: 5 Sep 1997 09:19:21 GMT

This talk of sorting algorithms brings me back to one of my favourite interview
questions, designed to see if the candidate is on the ball.

"Sketch out a program that takes a random permutation of the numbers from 1 to
1000 and prints them in order."

Any mention of sorting algorithms is regarded as a "fail" on this question, of
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