Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

Sort may refer to any of the following:

sort1. Sort is a term used to describe the process of organizing data in a particular order allowing for information to be found easier. For example, names and contact information may be sorted in alphabetical order to allow the person looking for a name to see if it is available.

Types of sorts

Over the history of the computer there have been many different algorithms developed to help sort data. Below is a listing of the different types of sorts.

Visual representation of sorts

Below is a great video that gives you a visual representation of many of the above sorting algorithms and an example of how each of these sort data.

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2. Sort is also a command in Linux, see our sort command information page for further information on this command.

3. In Microsoft Excel, Sort is a feature used to organize data. For example, arranging a list of names in either alphabetical or a collection of dates in numerical order.

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