hi i need help!!
i need a program where you enter a string and it has to sort the string using insertion sort showing the words in descendent order

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    WaltP 2,905   5 Years Ago

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#include <iostream>
#include <conio.h>
#include <string.h>
using namespace std ;
char str1[20],str2[20],str3[20],str4[20],str5[20],comodin[20];
int main()
    gets (str1);
    gets (str2);
    gets (str3);
    gets (str4);
    gets (str5);
    int d = strcmp(str5,str4);
    if (d==-1){
        strcpy(str4,str5) ;
    int f = strcmp(str5,str3);
    if (f==-1){
        strcpy(str3,str5) ;
    int g = strcmp(str5,str2);
    if (g==-1){
        strcpy(str2,str5) ;
    int h = strcmp(str5,str1);
    if (h==-1){
        strcpy(str1,str5) ;
        int c = strcmp(str4,str3);
    if (c==-1){
        strcpy(str3,str4) ;
    int v = strcmp(str4,str2);
    if (v==-1){
        strcpy(str2,str4) ;
         int i = strcmp(str4,str1);
    int i = strcmp(str4,str1);    
    if (i==-1){
        strcpy(str1,str4) ;
    int b = strcmp(str3,str2);
    if (b==-1){
        strcpy(str2,str3) ;
    int z = strcmp(str3,str1);
    if (z==-1){
        strcpy(str1,str3) ;
    int a = strcmp(str2,str1);
    if (a==-1){
        strcpy(str1,str2) ;
    return 0;

this actually works , but it is not insertion sort , and i dont know how to do that

//Coded by: Lester Lucky M. Alvaran

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

void main()
     char str[10], temp;
     cout<<"Enter string: ";
     for(int i=0; i<=10; i++)
         for(int j=i+1; j<=10; j++)
         cout<<i+1<<": "<<str<<endl;

test this

Edited by Dani: Formatting fixed


Unfortunately the code posted by jman2011 has multiple errors.

Assuming insertion sort means sorting occurs with insertion so the new entry is put in the correct place from the get go, then you could use either an array or a list or a vector or a tree. Given the hassle of shifting in an array on a frequent basis that would mean using an array would be a hassle to do this. If you can use vectors you might want to look into that. Using a tree to do this seems beyond your level of experience at this time. So I'd recommend using a list. You could use an STL list or write your own.

You start with an empty list. The first entry is straight forward. The second entry goes before the first if strcmp is less than one and after if greater than the first (you can decide what you want to do if youthe string is have duplicate entries). Then you could traverse the list until the string to insert is bigger than the string in the current node and less than the next node. Then insert the string to the right of the current node.

Edited by Lerner: n/a


My apologies to jman2011. The code posted by jman2011 does come close to implementing a bubble sort using a string as a char array; but,
1) main() should have return type int not void and
2) it would be safer to use >> or getline() to get the input string rather than gets() and
3) the last valid index for an array of 10 items is nine so i should be < 10, not <= 10 and
4) you don't want to sort the newline char at the end of the string, but even if he had used an array of int rather than an array of char the loop using i shouldn't to the end of the array, but only to one less than the last item in the array to be sorted.


what your friend did was a bubble sort, here's d code you want-

char a[10], t;
int j=0;
cout<<"Enter string: ";
for(int i=1; i<10; i++)

My first post was correct in that insertion sort takes a given value and inserts it into an already sorted collection. It was wrong in that insertion sorts are routinely done on unsorted arrays. It was also wrong in that my description would create a sorted collection in ascending rather than descending order. Sorry. I seem to be apologizing a lot in this thread. Hopefuly, that means I'm learning new things, too.

Bubble sort: find the largest (or smallest) item in the collection an put it in the right place, repeat for the next largest (smallest) etc

Insertion sort: Take a given item and put it in the right place in the previously ordered collection. For practical purposes, sort the first 2 items in the array as desired (smallest first if sorting in ascending order and largest first if in descending order). Insert the next element in the the array into previously ordered section of the array in the proper positioj, and repeat until all sorted.

//insertion sort using descending order
for(i = 1; i < size of array; ++i)//controls which element to insert
  j = i
  //inner loop controls where to insert current element
  while j > 0 and element j is greater than the element immediately to it's left
    swap these two elements
    decrease j by one
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