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Pawan Arora
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I don't know why in the above programme the result of binary search is -2. Any reason?
Rob Spoor
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You'll need to sort the array first. Binary search by definition works only on sorted arrays. This is because of the way it searches for elements:

1) start at the center
2) check the current element
3)
a) if equal then done
b) if smaller then all previous elements are smaller; get the binary search of the second half of the array
c) if larger then all next elements are larger; get the binary search of the first half of the array

In the end the first / second half of the array will be only one element and the recursion can end.
[ November 23, 2008: Message edited by: Rob Prime ]

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