Selection Sort in Python
by Isai Damier

#=======================================================================
#  Author: Isai Damier
#  Title: Selection Sort
#  Project: geekviewpoint
#  Package: algorithm.sorting
#
#  Statement:
#  Given a disordered list of integers (or any other items),
#  rearrange the integers in natural order.
#
#  Sample Input: [18,5,3,1,19,6,0,7,4,2,5]
#  Sample Output: [0,1,2,3,4,5,5,6,7,18,19]
#
#  Time Complexity of Solution:
#  Best O(n^2); Average O(n^2); Worst O(n^2).
#
#  Approach:
#  Selection sort is a step up from insertion sort from a memory
#  viewpoint. It only swaps elements that need to be swapped. In terms
#  of time complexity, however, insertion sort is better.
#======================================================================= 
 def selectionsort( aList ):
  for i in range( len( aList ) ):
    least = i
    for k in range( i + 1 , len( aList ) ):
      if aList[k] < aList[least]:
        least = k

    swap( aList, least, i )


def swap( A, x, y ):
  tmp = A[x]
  A[x] = A[y]
  A[y] = tmp
import unittest
from algorithms import sorting

class Test( unittest.TestCase ):

  def testSelectionsort( self ):
      A = [18, 5, 100, 3, 1, 19, 6, 0, 7, 4, 2]
      sorting.selectionsort( A )
      for i in range( 1, len( A ) ):
          if A[i - 1] > A[i]:
            self.fail( "selectionsort method fails." )