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In this example we are going to sort integer values of an array using insertion sort.

Insertion Sort In Java

     

Introduction

In this example we are going to sort integer values of an array using insertion sort.

Insertion sorting algorithm is similar to bubble sort. But insertion sort is more  efficient than bubble sort because in insertion sort the elements comparisons are less as compare to bubble sort. In insertion sorting algorithm compare the value until  all the prior elements are lesser than compared value is not found. This mean that the all previous values are lesser than compared value. This algorithm is more efficient than the bubble sort .Insertion sort is a good choice for small values and for nearly-sorted values. There are more efficient algorithms such as quick sort, heap sort, or merge sort for large values .

Positive feature of insertion sorting: 

1.It is simple to implement 
2.It is efficient on (quite) small data values 
3.It is efficient on data sets which are already nearly sorted.

The complexity of insertion sorting is O(n) at best case of an already sorted array and  O(n2) at worst case .

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Code description:

In insertion sorting take the element form left assign value into a variable. Then compare the  value with  previous values. Put  value so that values must be lesser than the previous values. Then assign  next  value to a variable and follow the same steps relatively until the comparison not reached to end of array.  

Working of insertion sorting:

The code of the program :

public class InsertionSort{
  public static void main(String a[]){
  int i;
  int array[] {12,9,4,99,120,1,3,10};
  System.out.println("\n\n RoseIndia\n\n");
  System.out.println(" Selection Sort\n\n")
  System.out.println("Values Before the sort:\n");  
  for(i = 0; i < array.length; i++)
  System.out.printarray[i]+"  ");
  System.out.println();
  insertion_srt(array, array.length);  
  System.out.print("Values after the sort:\n");  
  for(i = 0; i <array.length; i++)
  System.out.print(array[i]+"  ");
  System.out.println()
  System.out.println("PAUSE")
  }

  public static void insertion_srt(int array[]int n){
  for (int i = 1; i < n; i++){
  int j = i;
  int B = array[i];
  while ((j > 0&& (array[j-1> B)){
  array[j= array[j-1];
  j--;
  }
  array[j= B;
  }
  }
}

Output of the example:

C:\array\sorting>javac InsertionSort.java
C:\array\sorting>java InsertionSort
       RoseIndia
       Selection Sort
Values Before the sort:
12  9  4  99  120  1  3  10
Values after the sort:
1  3  4  9  10  12  99  120
PAUSE
C:\array\sorting>_

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Posted on: May 28, 2007

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Francis
July 9, 2011
There is a problem...

I think the code is not insertion sort!!! @_@
Xaheen
August 16, 2011
Thanks

Thanks dude, totally got it!
Mayank aka Flash
October 8, 2011
computing

beter and simple! [code] import java.io.*; class insertion { public static void main() throws IOException { InputStreamReader isr = new InputStreamReader(System.in); BufferedReader br= new BufferedReader(isr); System.out.println("Please Enter the number of values"); int a=Integer.parseInt(br.readLine()); int age[]=new int[a]; int minelem=0, temp; System.out.println("Enter the VALUES"); for(int x=0;x<a;x++) { age[x]=Integer.parseInt(br.readLine()); } System.out.println("The number in ascending order are: "); int min; for(int x=0;x<a-1;x++) { min=age[x]; for(int y=x+1;y<a;y++) { if(min>age[y]) { min=age[y]; minelem=y; } } System.out.println("Minimum Value: " + min); temp=age[minelem]; age[minelem] = age[x]; age[x]=temp; } for(int w=0;w<a;w++) { System.out.println(age[w]); } } } [/code]
joel
November 7, 2011
does this also work with a linked list

does this code example work with a linked list for inserting a linked list.
Manohar Reddy
November 16, 2011
InsertSort

package com.manohar.sort; public class InsertionSort { /** * @param args */ public static void main(String[] args) { int a[] = { 6, 3, 1,9,4,3,5,8,1,6 }; int temp; for (int i = 0; i < a.length; i++) { int j = i + 1; while (j < a.length && j>0 && a[j] < a[j - 1]) { temp = a[j]; a[j] = a[j - 1]; a[j - 1] = temp; j--; } } for (int i = 0; i < a.length; i++) { System.out.print("->" + a[i]); } } }
vaengai
December 2, 2011
Very nice..

Very nice..
Michael
January 14, 2013
binuang

your teaching is not yet good!!!
Neo
January 16, 2012
Did not understand

I wana run a JUnit test on Eclipse Helios Editor..I dont need a main()method in the program for that...could any1 pls post the Test case code snippet for me?Cant seem to be able to figure it out :-(
John
March 2, 2012
This

In the output, you say it's selection sort, but it's insertion sort. Just a heads up
ochi
March 12, 2012
Computer Science

SUPERB EXAMPLE!!
Paul
April 3, 2012
Insertion Sort

Hi Rose! I would to ask about this Insertion Sort if this is a (doubly linked list)? I hope you will reply early... thanks
Paul
April 3, 2012
Insertion Sort

Additional question -- what is the other way without initializing the Array... that the user can input any numbers he/she want? Ex. he input 5 integer: 5 3 2 4 1...
fateme
April 20, 2012
activity selection

activity selectoin algorith with all improved soulotion
Andy
June 27, 2012
This Code

I don't know who wrote the above code, but its pretty bad. I've been programming java for only 2 years and have fixed this code up. why does insertion_srt() need a parameter for the length of the array? the method can just use array.length. I dont normally comment on things like this, but this code was soo bad i had to. please fix it up so future users are not confused by the useless complexity of the code
njaks
August 15, 2012
selection sort

write a driver class to contain the following 1.method to input 10 numbers 2.sort the 10 numbers in ascending order. 3.display the sorted numbers
kiran
August 21, 2012
good

The way of illustrating is good ....PLz could you suggest more about java languages to
big1burrito
December 7, 2012
BAD CODE

you did your swap wrong. use a temp variable to move value of array[j] to array[j-1]
Siddharth
December 8, 2012
Typo

The code and output says 'Selection Sort' though the program is for 'Insertion Sort'. Thanks for this article, really helped me learning this messed-up sorting.
Alexander Baggett
December 12, 2012
Question

What does n represent in this example?
Mukul Kantiwal
November 12, 2012
Java programs

I need a program for insertion sort
Susan
September 19, 2013
Strings

is this logic ok with strings?
sebsibe
December 24, 2013
data structure and algorithm

go a head...1
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