The worst case in Shellsort and related algorithms
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Abstract. We show that sorting a sufficiently long list of length N using Shellsort with m increments (not necessarily decreasing) requires at least N 1+c/ √ m comparisons in the worst case, for some constant c> 0. For m ≤ (log N / log log N) 2 we obtain an upper bound of the same form. We also prove that Ω(N(log N / log log N) 2) comparisons are needed regardless of the number of increments. Our approach is general enough to apply to other sorting algorithms, including Shaker-sort, for which an even stronger result is proved. 1.