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Who invented the shell sort algorithm?

(a) John Von Neumann

(b) Donald Shell

(c) Tony Hoare

(d) Alan Shell

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This interesting question is from Shell sort in chapter Sorting of Data Structures & Algorithms II

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The correct option is (b) Donald Shell

The best explanation: Shell sort algorithm is invented by Donald shell. Merge sort is invented by John Von Neumann. Quick sort is invented by Tony Hoare.

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