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Categorization of Binary search as Divide and Conquer

Why do we call binary search as 'Divide' and 'Conquer' strategy? It does not combine the results unlike other Divide and Conquer strategies.
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Prove that the depth function of a Binary Search Tree is $O(\log n)$ on average

I am struggling with this question because I am not sure how to see that a depth function is $\mathcal{O}(\log n)$ on average when it clearly traverses through the whole tree which should make it ...
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Total number of calls during insertion into binary tree

The problem: Find a formula for the total number of calls occurring during the insertion of n elements into an initially empty set. Assume that the insertion process fills up the binary search tree ...
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retrieve file format from unknown binary file [closed]

Is it possible, somehow, maybe by using some kind of brute force algorithm, to try and figure out what kind of file one is dealing with when one only has the raw binary without file format or meta ...
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Finding median of three sorted array (the same length)

I think about following problem: There are given three sorted arrays $A,B,C$ (each of them is length $n$). Every array has distinct elements. Find median of union $A,B,C$. I consider following ...
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I know Binary Search is more efficient than Ternary search, but my results are opposite. Help interpreting results?

I have a piece of code that applies recursive Binary and Ternary searches on sorted arrays of increasing size, i.e. 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, etc. The entire code segment is about 200 lines so I've been ...
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Fast Raytracing Algorithm or Alternative needed

I have a grid that shows the world and its coastlines. An excerpt from the area around the UK is shown here From an arbitrary origin point anywhere in the ocean, I want to find those coastline ...
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How can there be 10 steps in the binary search algorithm for the phone book search problem?

The following example was given in an online lecture I was watching. A phone directory is 1000 pages long, and we have to find the name "Zurich Smith". The algorithm is as follows: Split the phone ...
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Fractional cascading vs merge [closed]

Fractional cascading allows me to search in k ordered lists. It requires every list to have same ordering (how would I otherwise insert elements from the cascade below, preserving order?). But why is ...
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Finding the number of $L\leq j\leq R$ such that $a[j] \leq a[i]$

I have recently encountered the following problem which I heard can be solved by using BIT (binary indexed trees) but I am not sure how: Given an array $a[1, 2, \ldots, n]$ and $Q$ queries of the ...
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augmenting AVL, intervals

Show how to augment dictionary of intervals (insert, delete, search) in order to make possible answer to following questions: Check if given interval $[a, b]$ intersects with some interval in a ...
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Find the index of minimum number that is greater than key given of a sorted array, does these two functions return same result?

Give an array of integer has been sorted (non-decreasing order), we need find the index of minimum number number that is greater than key given, I wrote two functions, they're identical except the ...
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Order a list of edges to make the the complexity of searching for an edge O(lg E)

I was reading this article on how to represent graphs, and probably the simplest way to think about it is to have a list of edges, with an edget being usually a list of the vertices that are related ...
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Two flavors of red-black trees with different performance

I've implemented two red-black trees (using the pseudo-code in CLRS) with slightly different flavors: 1) In the first tree, all the data is stored in the leaves. 2) In the second tree, the data is ...
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Optimize binary search on Segment Tree by storing past result

Goal Let $A[n]$ be an arbitrary array of integers of length $n$. Let $S$ be a segment tree, represented by an array of records: each record containing the left and right bounds ($[l,r]$) of the ...
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Potential method for dynamic binary search

I'm trying to solve 17-2(b) problem from Cormen(CLRS) using potential method. Problem from Cormen: 17-2 Making binary search dynamic Binary search of a sorted array takes logarithmic search time, ...
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first intersection of two arrays of integers - double binary search feasible?

I'm interested to find the fastest possible way to find the first element of an intersection of two integers arrays (first match) Looking for the 'fastest' algorithm I have seen different methods ...
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Finding Triples that satisfy modulo equation in $O(n\log n)$ time

Given $n$, I am trying to count the number of values $(a,b,c)$ that satisfy the following equation in $O(n\log n)$ time. I do not need the values themselves only the number of total values that ...
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Order of storage of pointers for a linked list of length n

I have a linked list in which I have kept the elements in order (increasing/decreasing). I want to be able to perform a binary search on this linked list. For this I am keeping pointers to the middle ...
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Proving that the average case complexity of binary search is O(log n)

I know that the both the average and worst case complexity of binary search is O(log n) and I know how to prove the worst case complexity is O(log n) using recurrence relations. But how would I go ...
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Compute square root using (bit) additions and shifts as primitives

Question: Given an $n$-bit natural number $N$, how to compute $\lceil \sqrt{N} \rceil$ using only $O(n)$ (bit) additions and shifts? The tip is to use binary search. However, I could not achieve ...
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Why is binary search faster than ternary search?

Searching an array of $N$ elements using binary search takes, in the worst case $\log_2 N$ iterations because, at each step we trim half of our search space. If, instead, we used 'ternary search', ...
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Minimum number of tests to identify subset of modules that trigger a bug?

I have an ordered set of $M$ software modules compiled together. The interaction of some $N$-tuple of these modules is causing a bug when the program is run. I can run the program with any desired ...
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Searching for a string of numbers in a large digit sequence [closed]

How would one search for a string of digits in a large digit sequence? For example, I'd like to search for 351814 in Euler's number. I'm not too keen on computer ...
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Uniform Binary Search explanation and lookup table [duplicate]

Please can anyone explain me the worst ,average and best case running time for the Unifrom binary search .. Also how can the lookup table be explained?
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Binary search transition point of a function on stream

Consider an unknown function $f(x,y)$, where $x$ and $y$ are just two scalar numbers in $[0,1]$. $f(x,y)$ is an increasing function of $y$ and is between $0$ and $1$ but is unknown. At each time I ...
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BST Successor Proof

I'm studying for my CS final and I can't seem to get the anywhere with one of the questions. This is the question: Prove that if a node in a BST has a successor, but has no right child, then its ...
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How to analyze/test a binary search algorithm?

I was asked to "Compute the average runtime for a binary search, ordered array, and the key is in the array." I'm not quite sure how to approach this problem. Isn't the runtime of binary search O(log ...
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Searching a value in a “piecewise” ordered array

If we have an array $A$ of length $N$, which is partitioned into $\sqrt{N}$ adjacent subarrays $A(i)$, each of which is monotonically ordered from $\min(i)$ to $\max(i)$ (it is known what places have ...
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Finding a '1' cell with a '0' to its right in a binary array

Given an array of size n that holds ones and zeros I need to find an index of a 1 cell that has 0 to his right (in then next ...