Binary Search solved by 1805

Feb. 21, 2014, 3:28 p.m. by Rosalind Team

Topics: Divide-and-conquer

Binary search is the ultimate divide-and-conquer algorithm. To find a key $k$ in a large file containing keys $A[1..n]$ in sorted order, we first compare $k$ with $A[n/2]$, and depending on the result we recurse either on the first half of the file, $A[1..n/2]$, or on the second half, $A[n/2+1..n]$. The recurrence now is $T(n)=T(n/2)+O(1)$. Plugging into the master theorem (with $a=1,b=2,d=0$) we get the familiar solution: a running time of just $O(\log n)$.

Source: Algorithms by Dasgupta, Papadimitriou, Vazirani. McGraw-Hill. 2006.


The problem is to find a given set of keys in a given array.

Given: Two positive integers $n \leq 10^5$ and $m \leq 10^5$, a sorted array $A[1..n]$ of integers from $-10^5$ to $10^5$ and a list of $m$ integers $-10^5 \leq k_1, k_2, \dots, k_m \leq 10^5$.

Return: For each $k_i$, output an index $1 \le j \le n$ s.t. $A[j]=k_i$ or "-1" if there is no such index.

Sample Dataset

10 20 30 40 50
40 10 35 15 40 20

Sample Output

4 1 -1 -1 4 2

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