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Yet one more coin sorting problem (Posted on 2004-05-31) Difficulty: 3 of 5
You have five coins, apparently alike, but actually of different weights. You also have a two arm scale.

Can you manage to sort the coins in ascending order, using the scale only seven times?

Bonus question: can it be done in fewer weighings?

See The Solution Submitted by Federico Kereki    
Rating: 4.0000 (4 votes)

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re(2): Solution based on the O-Sort sorting algorithm | Comment 13 of 20 |
(In reply to re: Solution based on the O-Sort sorting algorithm by Charlie)

Ack!  You're absolutely correct.

The O-Sort is different from the shell sort in a cuople of ways.  the shell sort starts with a step size of 3 where the O-Sort starts with a step size of n/2-1, and the shell sort decrements the step by 1 whereas the O-Sort's step size decrements by some factor between .78 and .86, depending on which version.

I never tested the O-Sort on a sample size this small before.

  Posted by Erik on 2004-06-02 13:11:05
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