Sunday, April 17, 2011

AlgoRythmics - Sorting Algorithms as Folk Dances

Absolutely brilliant series of videos interpreting the various sorting algorithms using folk dance. Nice touch on the conventions for comparisons. The videos have no voice-over or distracting subtitles and are slow enough that you can show the video and comment on each of the steps in the algorithm while it is occurring. After a few steps, have students predict what will happen next (e.g. who will dance next and who will swap places).

Bubble-Sort


Insert(ion)-Sort


Select-Sort


Shell-Sort


You can find all of them at the AlgoRythmics YouTube channel. I'm hoping they find a way to get more of the popular sorting algorithms done.

(via Slashdot)

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