Idea 094 - Quickest way to rank a list of ideas

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This post is part of the 100 project ideas project. #The100DayProject. I am looking for feedback. Comment below or DM me via social media Instagram, Twitter.

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Use a sorting algorithm to efficiently sort a list of ideas/projects/people/things in order


👉 Done! project can be found here Idea094-Quicksort

I need a way of sorting all of the ideas from the 100 day project to decide what ones I should work on. There are so many ideas that it’s hard to take it all at once and would be burdensome to ask friends to rank them. I also want to make the least amount of comparisons (is this idea better than this idea) between each idea as possible.

Lucky computer science has a lot of history efficiently sorting lists of items that can be compared to each other. See Sorting algorithm

When selecting a sorting algorithm I am looking for one that has the lowest “Computational complexity”. Aka the amount of questions that I get asked. I do not care about the “Memory usage” as my effective memory is infinite. I don’t care about Stability, and the input array of data is fixed (not “online”)

First use bucket sort across all of the elements. Sort them into 3 buckets. Good, Okay, Bad. I drop the bad bucket, as they don’t need to be sorted as I won’t actually do any of these ideas. Then sort the “good” category using Merge sort. Merge sort is slightly faster for worst-case performance then QuickSort at the cost of memory (We have infinite memory)

The interface can be a hot or not interface. Where the two items are shown on the screen at the same time and I need to pick the better of the two.

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