Python Selection Sort

Here you’ll learn about python selection sort algorithm with program example.

Selection sort is one of the easiest sorting algorithm out there. In Selection sort, to sort an unsorted array, all we have to do is find the minimum in the array and swap it with the first element in the unsorted array. After each swapping increase the starting index of the array by one.

This is for sorting in ascending order. If we want to sort it into descending order find the maximum instead of minimum and replace with the first element in unsorted array.

Python Selection Sort


We have an unsorted array-


Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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Step 6:

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If we have an array of n elements.

Step 1:- set MIN = 0

Step 2:- find minimum element in array

If exists then swap with element at MIN

Step 3:- increase MIN by 1

Step 4:- go to Step 2 until  array is sorted (for n-1 times)

Time Complexity

  • Best Case = O(n)2
  • Average Case = O(n)2
  • Worst Case = O(n)2

Note: for larger arrays we never use selection sort.

Python Selection Sort Program

Below is the implementation of selection sort in python.


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