# QuickSort

# Things to remember:

- Pivot
- Partitioning
- Recursion
- Concatenation

The following items are the key points to remember when implementing a quick sort algorithm.

The basic premise is that we are going to continue to recursively split or **partition** an array until we have sorted partitions at which point we will join them back together created our sorted array.

# The Pivot

Our **pivot** value is the value in the array that we are comparing against to determine what goes into our 2 partitions...or our **left** and **right **partitions.

The simplest (but less efficient) form of a Quick Sort implementation is to use the first value in the Array. Other implementations choose a value in the middle of the Array and move outwards in both directions.

```
var arr = [100, 33, 2, 53, 4, 89, 9, 9];
var pivot = arr[0]; //simple
//OR
var pivot = arr.length / 2; //efficient
```

# Partitions

Every time we split our array into two sections:

- Left - Values
**less than**the pivot - Right - Values
**greater than or equal**to the pivot

We call these partitions, as they are "sections" of our original array.

```
var arr = [10, 3, 2, 53, 4, 89, 9, 9];
var pivot = arr[0]; //10
//After first split we have 2 partitions
var left = [3, 2, 4, 9, 9];
var right = [53, 89];
//NOTE: pivot is still 10 and not on left/right.
```

# Recursion

Now that we have two partitions, we recursively pass them into the same function to continue to find our new **pivot** and **left** and **right** partitions.

```
var arr = [10, 3, 2, 34, 4, 53];
var pivot = arr[0]; //10
//After first split we have 2 partitions
var left = [3, 2, 4];
quickSort(left); //pivot = 3, left = [3, 2, 4], right = []
var right = [34, 53];
quickSort(right); //pivot = 34, left = [], right = [53]
```

NOTE: Our pivot is not added to our right partition but concatenated to the output of sorting the right partition.

# Concatenation

On every iteration of our quicksort recursion we know that our pivot is greater than all values to the left and less than or equal to the first value on the right.

```
var arr = [10, 3, 2, 53, 34, 5];
left = [3, 2, 5], pivot = 10, right = [53, 34]
left = [2], pivot = 3, right = [5] left = [34], pivot = 53, right = []
left.concat(pivot, right); //[2,3,5] left.concat(pivot, right); //[34, 53]
[2, 3, 5].concat(pivot, [34, 53);
```

Therefore after our recursive function returns the sorted right partition, we simply **concatenate** the left partition, the pivot and the right partition.

#### QuickSort

By Jason Sewell