# Find the only missing number in a sorted array

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 13 Apr, 2021

You are given a sorted array of N integers from 1 to N with one number missing find the missing number Expected time complexity O(logn)
Examples:

```Input :ar[] = {1, 3, 4, 5}
Output : 2

Input : ar[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8}
Output : 6```

A simple solution is to linearly traverse the given array. Find the point where current element is not one more than previous.
An efficient solution is to use binary search. We use the index to search for the missing element and modified binary search. If element at mid != index+1 and this is first missing element then mid + 1 is the missing element. Else if this is not first missing element but ar[mid] != mid+1 search in left half. Else search in right half and if left>right then no element is missing.

## C++

 `// CPP program to find the only missing element.``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `int` `findmissing(``int` `ar[], ``int` `N)``{``    ``int` `l = 0, r = N - 1;``    ``while` `(l <= r) {` `        ``int` `mid = (l + r) / 2;` `        ``// If this is the first element``        ``// which is not index + 1, then``        ``// missing element is mid+1``        ``if` `(ar[mid] != mid + 1 &&``                        ``ar[mid - 1] == mid)``            ``return` `mid + 1;` `        ``// if this is not the first missing``        ``// element search in left side``        ``if` `(ar[mid] != mid + 1)``            ``r = mid - 1;` `        ``// if it follows index+1 property then``        ``// search in right side``        ``else``            ``l = mid + 1;``    ``}` `    ``// if no element is missing``    ``return` `-1;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8};``    ``int` `N = ``sizeof``(arr)/``sizeof``(arr);``    ``cout << findmissing(arr, N);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to find``// the only missing element.``class` `GFG``{``static` `int` `findmissing(``int` `[] ar, ``int` `N)``{``    ` `    ``int` `l = ``0``, r = N - ``1``;``    ``while` `(l <= r)``    ``{``        ``int` `mid = (l + r) / ``2``;``    ` `        ``// If this is the first element``        ``// which is not index + 1, then``        ``// missing element is mid+1``        ``if` `(ar[mid] != mid + ``1` `&&``            ``ar[mid - ``1``] == mid)``            ``return` `(mid + ``1``);``    ` `        ``// if this is not the first``        ``// missing element search``        ``// in left side``        ``if` `(ar[mid] != mid + ``1``)``            ``r = mid - ``1``;``    ` `        ``// if it follows index+1``        ``// property then search``        ``// in right side``        ``else``            ``l = mid + ``1``;``    ``}` `// if no element is missing``return` `-``1``;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `main(String [] args)``{``    ``int` `arr[] = {``1``, ``2``, ``3``, ``4``, ``5``, ``7``, ``8``};``    ``int` `N = arr.length;``    ``System.out.println(findmissing(arr, N));``}``}` `// This code is contributed``// by Shivi_Aggarwal`

## Python3

 `# PYTHON 3 program to find``# the only missing element.``def` `findmissing(ar, N):``    ``l ``=` `0``    ``r ``=` `N ``-` `1``    ``while` `(l <``=` `r):``        ``mid ``=` `(l ``+` `r) ``/` `2``        ``mid``=` `int` `(mid)` `    ``# If this is the first element``    ``# which is not index + 1, then``    ``# missing element is mid+1``        ``if``(ar[mid] !``=` `mid ``+` `1` `and``           ``ar[mid ``-` `1``] ``=``=` `mid):``            ``return` `(mid ``+` `1``)` `    ``# if this is not the first``    ``# missing element search``    ``# in left side``        ``elif``(ar[mid] !``=` `mid ``+` `1``):``            ``r ``=` `mid ``-` `1` `    ``# if it follows index+1``    ``# property then search``    ``# in right side``        ``else``:``            ``l ``=` `mid ``+` `1``    ` `    ``# if no element is missing``    ``return` `(``-``1``)``    ` `def` `main():``    ``ar``=` `[``1``, ``2``, ``3``, ``4``, ``5``, ``7``, ``8``]``    ``N ``=` `len``(ar)``    ``res``=` `findmissing(ar, N)``    ``print` `(res)``if` `__name__ ``=``=` `"__main__"``:``    ``main()` `# This code is contributed``# by Shivi_Aggarwal`

## C#

 `// C# program to find``// the only missing element.``using` `System;` `class` `GFG``{``static` `int` `findmissing(``int` `[]ar,``                       ``int` `N)``{``    ` `    ``int` `l = 0, r = N - 1;``    ``while` `(l <= r)``    ``{``        ``int` `mid = (l + r) / 2;``    ` `        ``// If this is the first element``        ``// which is not index + 1, then``        ``// missing element is mid+1``        ``if` `(ar[mid] != mid + 1 &&``            ``ar[mid - 1] == mid)``            ``return` `(mid + 1);``    ` `        ``// if this is not the first``        ``// missing element search``        ``// in left side``        ``if` `(ar[mid] != mid + 1)``            ``r = mid - 1;``    ` `        ``// if it follows index+1``        ``// property then search``        ``// in right side``        ``else``            ``l = mid + 1;``    ``}` `// if no element is missing``return` `-1;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `Main()``{``    ``int` `[]arr = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8};``    ``int` `N = arr.Length;``    ``Console.WriteLine(findmissing(arr, N));``}``}` `// This code is contributed``// by Akanksha Rai(Abby_akku)`

## PHP

 ``

## Javascript

 ``

Output:

`6`

Time Complexity:O(Log n)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

My Personal Notes arrow_drop_up