One of the most important operations for all data structures is searching for the elements from the stored data. There are various methods to search for an element in the data structures; in this chapter, we shall explore the different strategies that can be used to find elements in a collection of items.
The searching operation is a very important operation for sorting. It is virtually impossible to sort the data without using some variant of a search operation. The sorting algorithm will be fast if the searching algorithm is efficient. In this chapter, we will be discussing different searching algorithms.
The performance of a search operation is heavily influenced by whether the items about to be searched have already been sorted or not, as we will see in the subsequent sections.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
- Understand various...