This example shows how Binary Search Algorithm works.

Binary search algorithm is better when an array is sorted because it makes comparison between the search key “k” and middle element of the array. Since the array is sorted, the comparison results either in a match between “k” and the middle element of the array or identifying the left half or right half of the array to which the desired element may belong. This process continues on the half in which the desired element may be present in case “k” is not equal to the middle element. In this way, either the element is detected or the final division leads to a half, where the array does not contain the desired element “k”.

This is very efficient method of searching algorithm because the comparison enables one to eliminate half of the elements from further consideration.

The complete source code

/* * File: BinarySearch.c * Author: https://www.roytuts.com */ #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> int binarySearch(int k, int a[], int n) { int i = -1; int lower = 0, mid; int upper; upper = n - 1; while (upper >= lower) { mid = (upper + lower) / 2; if (k == a[mid]) { i = mid; break; } else { if (k > a[mid]) { lower = mid + 1; } else { upper = mid - 1; } } } return i; } int main() { int choice, value; int a[] = {10, 25, 48, 69, 94, 105, 116}; printf("\n:: Binary Search ::\n"); while (1) { printf("\nChoose from below Menu\n"); printf("1. Search\n2. Exit\n"); printf("\nEnter your choice: "); scanf("%d", &choice); switch (choice) { case 1: printf("Enter the value to be searched: "); scanf("%d", &value); int index = binarySearch(value, a, 7); if (index >= 0) { printf("\nValue found at index %d in the array\n", index); } else { printf("\nValue not found in the array\n"); } break; case 2: exit(0); default: printf("\nWrong selection!!! Please try again!!!\n"); } } }

Output

:: Binary Search :: Choose from below Menu 1. Search 2. Exit Enter your choice: 1 Enter the value to be searched: 10 Value found at index 0 in the array Choose from below Menu 1. Search 2. Exit Enter your choice: 1 Enter the value to be searched: 105 Value found at index 5 in the array Choose from below Menu 1. Search 2. Exit Enter your choice: 2

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