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Computer Science

What types of algorithms are used in normal python?

Take this for example: if ? in list_of_struff: print(...) else: print(...)

what will that search algo. be and how can I determine the algo. type in other scenarios. E.g: sort, ect.

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there, Janko Bauer! Python's in and sort() both use the Timsort algorithm for searching and sorting. It is mentioned in the Python documentation. As far as I'm aware, if you wanted to implement another search/sort algorithm you would need to do it manually and/or alter the underlying C libraries the Python language is built on.

Quote from the linked documentation:

The Timsort algorithm used in Python does multiple sorts efficiently because it can take advantage of any ordering already present in a dataset.

Hope this helps! :sparkles:

Great Thanks