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Binary search in sorted vector of pairs

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 05 Jun, 2020

How to apply STL binary_search to vector of pairs(key, value), given that vector is sorted by its first value(key)

struct compare in the code contains two functions which compares the key(searching element) with the first element in the vector

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/* C++ code to demonstrate how Binary Search
   can be applied on a vector of pairs */
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
struct compare {
    bool operator()(const pair<int, int>& value, 
                                const int& key)
        return (value.first < key);
    bool operator()(const int& key, 
                    const pair<int, int>& value)
        return (key < value.first);
int main()
    // initializing the vector of pairs
    vector<pair<int, int> > vect;
    // insertion of pairs (key, value) in vector vect
    vect.push_back(make_pair(1, 20));
    vect.push_back(make_pair(3, 42));
    vect.push_back(make_pair(4, 36));
    vect.push_back(make_pair(2, 80));
    vect.push_back(make_pair(7, 50));
    vect.push_back(make_pair(9, 20));
    vect.push_back(make_pair(3, 29));
    // sorting the vector according to key
    sort(vect.begin(), vect.end());
    // printing the sorted vector
    cout << "KEY" << '\t' << "ELEMENT" << endl;
    for (pair<int, int>& x : vect)
        cout << x.first << '\t' << x.second << endl;
    // searching for the key element 3
    cout << "search for key 3 in vector" << endl;
    if (binary_search(vect.begin(), vect.end(),
                                  3, compare()))
        cout << "Element found";
        cout << "Element not found";
    return 0;
1    20
2    80
3    29
3    42
4    36
7    50
9    20
search for key 3 in vector
Element found

The above binary_search operation has time complexity O(lg n)

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