Okay class, today we’re going to learn about the Steven Sort…

I bombed the latest AP Computer Science test (and by bombed I mean under 80 when I thought I did well). Most of the point deduction came from my imperfect knowledge of sorting. We were given a list of numbers, like [2, 6, 4, 11, 9] and we had to use a sorting method called Insertion Sort to sort through it step by step. However, I mixed up my sorts and threw my teacher off so much that I couldn’t receive partial credit. It also threw me off when I reread my sort, as I couldn’t recognize it and my friend couldn’t figure out what sort I was using. It was sorted according to a certain procedure, but the procedure didn’t ring a bell, so I thought I had made an entirely new sort. Taking the opportunity as it was presented, I named it the Steven Sort (alliteration!). I used the Steven Sort in a future program just to spite the teacher.

I later realized that the Steven Sort was in fact just a ghetto Selection Sort (more alliteration!) that sorted from the end of the list instead of the front. So much for the Nobel Prize.

Stuy teacher, telling students to relax and smell the roses: “I’ve never pulled an all-nighter in high school. Okay, I’ve pulled one. On prom night. But I wasn’t studying; I was learning.”

3 comments on Okay class, today we’re going to learn about the Steven Sort…

  1. I signed up for the one computer programming course (intro level) offered at my school. And it got cancelled because they need at least 30 people for the teacher to be able to teach it. So, uh, I’m taking Child Development next semester because it was the only available ‘Applied Arts’ class. Five months of watching little daycare kids. *cringe*

    Haha, I’ve only pulled two ‘all nighters’ in my life, and that was with the help of jetlag. I’m that boring.

    Ah well. You’re young. There’s still time for that Nobel Prize. Sleep on it a little and I’m sure you’ll come up with a sort that can own the Selection Sort. You can call it the Super Spiffy Steven Sort of Sdoom.

  2. Wah. I could never remember sort names. And I failed all the quizes.

    That teacher sounds hillariously like my last year’s Chemistry professor.

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