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Merge sort


Merge sort is an efficient, general-purpose, comparison-based sorting algorithm. Merge sort is a divide and conquer algorithm, based on the idea of breaking down a array into several subarrays until each one consists of a single element and merging those subarrays in a manner that results into a sorted array.


const mergeSort = arr => {
  if (arr.length < 2) return arr;
  const mid = Math.floor(arr.length / 2);
  const l = mergeSort(arr.slice(0, mid));
  const r = mergeSort(arr.slice(mid, arr.length));
  return Array.from({ length: l.length + r.length }, () => {
    if (!l.length) return r.shift();
    else if (!r.length) return l.shift();
    else return l[0] > r[0] ? r.shift() : l.shift();

mergeSort([5, 1, 4, 2, 3]); // [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]


The algorithm has an average time complexity of O(n log n), where n is the size of the input array.

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