It was a dreary Sunday in St Louis, unseasonably warm, but it rained all day and felt much colder than the actual air temperature, so I sat down to read Donald Knuth’s article, with Svante Janson, Shellsort With Three Increments. After sixteen pages, Janson and Knuth conjecture but do not prove that the gap sequence (h, g, 1) with h ≈ √n and g ≈ √h and h coprime to g leads to time complexity O(n3/2).

Your task is to implement shellsort, as we did in a previous exercise, and test the Janson/Knuth conjecture. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.


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