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# Optimized Selection Sort Algorithm for Two

Dimensional Array
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AbstractThe main idea of Optimized Selection Sort
Algorithm (OSSA) is based on the already existing selection sort
algorithm, with a difference that old selection sort; sorts one
element either smallest or largest in a single iteration while
optimized selection sort, sorts both the elements at the same time
i.e smallest and largest in a single iteration. In this study we have
developed a variation of OSSA for two-dimensional array and
called it Optimized Selection Sort Algorithms for TwoDimensional arrays OSSA2D. The hypothetical and experimental
analysis revealed that the implementation of the proposed
algorithm is easy. The comparison shows that the performance of
OSSA2D is better than OSSA by four times and when compared
with old Selection Sort algorithm the performance is improved
by eight times (i.e if OSSA can sort an array in 100 seconds,
OSSA2D can sort it in 24.55 Seconds, and similarly if Selection
Sort takes 100 Seconds then OSSA2D take only 12.22 Seconds).
This performance is remarkable when the array size is very
large. The experiential results also demonstrate that the proposed
algorithm has much lower computational complexity than the
one dimensional sorting algorithm when the array size is very
large.
Index Terms Algorithm analysis, Sorting algorithms, Two
Dimensional Arrays, Computational Complexity.

I. INTRODUCTION
All Sorting and Searching are the tasks that are repeatedly
encountered in various computer applications. Since they
reveal basic tasks that must be deal with quite frequently,
researchers have tried in the past to develop algorithms
efficient in terms of least memory requirement and least time
requirement. Searching together with sorting is perhaps the
most common operation used in Computing. It was always a
matter of great attraction for the researchers that to reduce the
time a computer takes in sorting and searching data [1][2].
That's why, the researcher tried to develop speedy, wellorganized and economical algorithms for sorting and ordering
lists and arrays. This was one of the fundamental fields of
research in computing for decades. The development of
optimized sorting algorithms will leads to efficient computing
as whole. It is observed that, the time to complete the task for
most sorting algorithms depends on the amount of data.
Consequently to analyze an algorithm, it is required to find a

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relationship showing how the time needed for the algorithm
depends on the amount of data. It is observed that, for an
algorithm, when the amount of data is doubled, the time
needed is also doubled. Similarly from the analysis of another
algorithm it was cleared that when the amount of data is
increased the time to complete the task of sorting is increased
by a factor of four.
It is also a matter of great concern that, the nature of the
data also has an effect on the efficiency of the algorithm. A
sorting algorithm may behave differently if the original data
set is almost sorted rather than if it is random or it may be in
the reverse order.
The creation of spatial data structures that are important in
computer graphics and geographic information systems is
necessarily a sorting procedure. A well-organized sort routine
is also a useful unit in implementing algorithms like sparse
matrix multiplication and parallel programming patterns like
Map Reduce [3][ 4].
The idea of optimized selection is based on the old
selection sort [5]. Unlike the old selection sort which sort data
item one at a time, the optimized selection sort algorithm
(OSSA) sort two data elements (smallest as well largest) in a
single iteration. It reduced the execution time of the selection
sort by almost fifty percent, although this algorithm also has a
time complexity of O(n2 ) [5].
Enormous data in many fields is normally represented by
the use of Matrices. It is felt by the computer professional to
have efficient sorting algorithms for sorting the twodimensional arrays. There is plenty of algorithms which
mainly focuses on one-dimensional array sorting, but a few
algorithms have been proposed for two-dimensional array
sorting [6][7]. In [7], the result is extended from onedimensional array to two-dimensional by the use of

## interpolation and filtering algorithms which results in a

mn

complexity of ( 2).
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STEP 1:

## Two-dimensional array AR ( M , N ) is treated as one

dimensional array by most of the earlier sorting algorithms to
sort these m n elements [8]. Simple selection sorting is
the widely sorting algorithm used due to its simplicity and less
implementation complexity. Although it has a time complexity

mn

of
( 2 ) [9] on sorting one dimensional array with
O
elements as
comparison
m n
( n1 ) nm/2
operations are required. The time required for sorting large
arrays (e.g. arrays with 1000000*1000000 elements) is
practically much time consuming.
two dimensional arrays, to solve the above mentioned problem
of sorting. The hypothetical and experimental results proved
that this proposed algorithm has a high efficiency level.
The organization of the paper is as follows. The algorithm
is proposed in Section 2. In Section 3 We analyze the proposed
algorithm. In Section 4 we present the approach to sorting
one-dimensional arrays by the proposed algorithm. Section 5
presents Experimental results. Section 6 contained conclusion.
II. PROPOSED OPTIMIZED SELECTION SORT ALGORITHM FOR
TWO DIMENSIONAL ARRAYS

## The main idea of Optimized Selection sort is based on already

existing selection sort algorithm, with a difference that
selection sort, sorts one element either smallest or largest in a
single iteration while optimized selection sort, sorts the two
elements at a time i.e smallest and largest in a single iteration.
We have developed a variation of the already existing
selection sort for two-dimensional array and called it
Optimized Selection Sort Algorithms for Two-Dimensional
array.
We have a matrix in the form of
follows

AR 11 AR 12 AR 1 n
AR = AR 21 AR 22 AR 2 n

AR m 1 AR m 2 AR mn

## elements. The working of our proposed optimized selection

algorithm for two-dimensional array is depicted in the
following steps:

AR ( M , N )

as

## Before going to the stepwise details of the algorithm we

will create a new array Y (M , N ) which will store sorted

STEP2:

## Each row of the array should be sorted using

the Optimized Selection Sorting Algorithm
(Let assume that the elements are sorted in
descending order in each row).
Initialize the index values of the target array
i.e Y such that

STEP3:

## Find the Largest element from the first

column and placed it into
successor the largest will
Y (row , col) the
now be the first
element of the row.
STEP4:
Update the index values for row , col

col=col +1
If col>n thencol=1, row=row +1
STEP5:
STEP6:

## Goto step (3) if AR is not empty, else goto

Exit.
EXIT.
III. ANALYSIS OF OSSA2D

## The Most of the time in sorting process the algorithms

major cost is on the comparisons of the data items to be
sorted. Therefore we analyzed the time complexity of by
computing the number of comparison which is performed. As
we know for sorting one dimension array the number of
comparison required by the selection sort is n( n1)/2
but we have introduced the OSSA which performs less
number of comparisons and it becomes n( n1)/4 [1].
Let assume that there are m rows in a two-dimensional
array. So
nm(n1)/4 times comparison will be
required to sort all the rows of the array.
Now after sorting each row of the array in descending order
by the above mechanism we will now search the maximum
element in the first column. For this purpose the number of
comparison needed is (m1) and there are m rows
and n columns. So for all the comparison in the array it
needs mn(m1) . After finding the element in the first
column it will be transferred to the target array Y .
Therefore the total number of comparison needed for the
two-dimensional array to be sorted using OSSA for two
dimensional array will be:

nm ( n1 )
f ( m , n )=
+ nm ( m1 ) (SEQ equation MERGEFO
4

4

## The time complexity for the algorithm after ignoring the

constant and lower terms will be:

O ( mn2 +nm2 )
In [6] the efficiency of old selection sort algorithm for onedimensional array having the same number of elements as that
with the two-dimensional array is found as follows.
For one dimensional array the number of comparison
needed by selection sort;
(1)/2

(1)

## For two-dimensional array with equal number of elements

as that of one-dimensional array the number of comparisons
are;

nm ( n1 )
+nm ( m1 )
2

(1)

## The efficiency Calculated for efficient two dimensional

sorting algorithms in [9] is;

mn/2( mn1)
mn(n1)
+ ( m1 ) mn
2
mn1
n+ 2 m3

mn

## (SEQ equation MERGEFORMAT 4)

n+m
Now calculating the efficiency of optimized selection sort
algorithm for two-dimensional array, against the efficiency of
optimized selection sort for one dimension array;

nm(n1)/4
mn (n1)
+ ( m1 ) mn
4
( mn1)

n+ 4 m5

mn

n+4 m

## Again calculating the efficiency of optimized selection sort

for two-dimensional array against old selection sort for the
same number of data items;

nm(n1)/2
mn(n1)
+ ( m1 ) mn
4
2(mn1)

n+ 4 m5

2mn

## (SEQ equation MERGEFORMAT 6)

n+4 m
Similarly calculating the efficiency of optimized selection
sort of two-dimensional against the efficient selection sort for
two-dimensional array; from equation and we have

mn (n1)
+ ( m1 ) mn
2
mn (n1)
+ ( m1 ) mn
4
2(n+2 m3)

n+ 4 m5

2( n+2 m)

(SEQ equationMERGEFORMAT 7)
n+ 4 m
Now consider if we have the values of n=10000
the value of m=10000
After putting the values in equation (5) and we

2mn
n+4 m

and

2(108)
10 4 +4 (10 4)

400
The above result shows that our algorithm is 400 times
efficient than the ordinary selection sort for one dimensional
array having same amount of data.
if we put the values in the equation (7)

2(n+2 m)
n+ 4 m
1.2

2(10 4 +2 ( 104 ) )
(10 4+ 4 ( 10 4 ) )

## The above result shows that our algorithm is still more

efficient than the already existing algorithm for twodimensional array having same amount of data.
IV. CONVERSION OF SINGLE DIMENSIONAL ARRAY TO TWO
DIMENSIONAL ARRAY
It has been observed in the previous section that the sorting
of two-dimensional array is far more efficient than the onedimensional array for the same number of elements. In this
section we have tried to convert a one-dimensional array with
constant elements K to a two-dimensional array having
(m n) data elements. According to equation (5) we
have

4 ( ( 4 K )5)
K
f ( m , n )=
4

## From the above equation we can calculate the number of

comparison of two-dimensional arrays and found that it has
the lowest value. As the number of comparison of onedimensional array is given by
number

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by

100

times

so

we

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the

two

dimensional

array

which

is

4 ( ( 4 100)5)
, 1875 times which is much more less
100

nm ( n1 )
+ nm ( m1 )
4

## than the previous one OSSA for one dimensional array. We

can calculate the values of m ,n by the following
method.

mn
(n+ 4 m5)
4
And

is

K ( K 1 )
, so if the
4

100 ( 1001 )
, almost 2500 times more comparisons as
4
that

f ( m , n )=

(1)

( )
m= 4 K /4

K
(n+ 4 m5)
4

m= ( m )

n=4 m
Since K is a constant and
to geometric inequality

m ,n > = 1 so according

If m>

4 ( (n 4 m)5)
K

4

m=
n=

4 ( ( 4 K )5)
K

4
When
n=4 m= 4 K
then the values of
f ( m , n ) is
the
minimum value.

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## empty cells of the array with imaginary values depending

upon the data to be sorted. If the data is sorted in the
descending then we will fill the empty cells with infinitesimal
values and with infinite values otherwise.

## Figure 1: The plot of Efficient Selection Sort and Optimized

Selection Sort Algorithms for 2 Dimensional Algorithms

V. RESULTS
After The following table shows the number of comparison of
one-dimensional array
and two-dimensional sorting
algorithm.

## Figure 1: The plot of OSSA and Optimized Selection Sort

Algorithms for 2 Dimensional Algorithms

Algorithm

## Figure 1: The plot of Selection Sort and Optimized Selection Sort

Algorithms for 2 Dimensional Algorithms

## From above graph, one can easily observed that with

the increase in number of data elements, the line graph plotted
by OSSA is taking less time as compared to graph plotted by
Old SS and it will be true for any number of data.

VI. CONCLUSIONS
It is evident from the above results that optimized
selection algorithm for two-dimensional arrays is more
efficient than the simple selection sorting algorithm for the
same amount of data, and hence proved our claim to be an
efficient algorithm of the order of O ( n2 ) .

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