Bucket sort

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Bucket sorting is a sorting algorithm that works with partitioning an array into a number of packets. Each bucket sorted individually using the same or different algorithm. Bucket sort and radix sort look like same. But it has some difference.

The following table shows the difference between Bucket sort and radix sort.

Bucket SortRadix Sort
Bucket sort adds the bucket and appends into one array.Radix sort adds to the bucket without sorting or without bucket based on the second digit.
Not in-placeIn-place
Stable sorting algorithmStable sorting algorithm
Separates array into smaller groups or buckets and sorts them individually using a sub-sorting algorithm or recursiveRadix means base (binary, octal, decimal, etc). Therefore, this sorting is for numbers (also used for strings
Combine step is trivialStart from Most Significant Digit or Least Significant Digit
It uses buckets or bins of the fixed range.Call counting sort on the array at the digit position

Write a program to implement bucket sort algorithm.

source Code

package com.dsacode.Algorithm.sorting;
import java.util.Arrays;
public class Bucketsort {
     public static int[] bucketSort(int[] arr) {
            int i, j;
            int[] count = new int[arr.length];
            Arrays.fill(count, 0);
            for (i = 0; i < arr.length; i++) {
            for (i = 0, j = 0; i < count.length; i++) {
                for (; count[i]>0; (count[i])--) {
                    arr[j++] = i;
            return arr;
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            int[] arr = new int[] { 1, 3, 4, 6, 4, 2, 9, 1, 2, 9 };
            System.out.println("unsorted array before sorting : " + Arrays.toString(arr));
            arr = bucketSort(arr);
            System.out.println("Sorted array After bucketSort sorting : " + Arrays.toString(arr));


Unsorted array before sorting: [1, 3, 4, 6, 4, 2, 9, 1, 2, 9]
Sorted array after bucket Sort sorting: [1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 6, 9, 9]

Algorithm Explanation

Send the unsorted array to utility function and find its max value.
Bucket size should be maxed Value + 1 since index of array starts from 0.
Distribute the array element into bucket
Walk through bucket from the start and pull the bucket element which should be already sorted.

Time Complexity

Best CaseAverage CaseWorst Case



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