Sorting with Sound

via Geek.com – yes, I subscribe to stuff like this in my RSS reader

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8g-iYGHpEA

I thought this was interesting on two levels …

  • The Engineering student within appreciates the differences in sorting techniques (although I think I could speed up that bubble sort …)
  • I also think these videos provide a simple illustration of the power of multi-media information sharing; the audio helps the animated “description” of the sorting techniques

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXAjiDQbPSw

I freely admit to be a bubble-sort bigot, as I never truly understood the heapsort algorithm. But think how this combination visualization / audio tool helps illustrate the concept; I’d love to see an interactive tool that lets me step through the sort and see the loops and the “stack” of values.

Another important power of effective visualizations – they get your audience thinking in new and different ways as well!

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James MacLennan

... is the Managing Partner at Maker Turtle LLC, a digital consultancy focused on creating value in ways that align with your strategy and drive engagement with employees, customers, and stakeholders. He is an active creator, providing thought leadership through on-line & print publications, and public speaking / keynotes.