GATE | GATE CS 1996 | Question 66
Consider the following program that attempts to locate an element x in a sorted array a[ ] using binary search. Assume N>1. The program is erroneous. Under what conditions does the program fail?
var i,j,k: integer; x: integer; a: array; [1....N] of integer; begin i:= 1; j:= N; repeat k:(i+j) div 2; if a[k] < x then i:= k else j:= k until (a[k] = x) or (i >= j); if (a[k] = x) then writeln ('x is in the array') else writeln ('x is not in the array') end;
(A) x is the last element of the array a
(B) x is greater than all elements of the array a
(C) Both of the Above
(D) x is less than the last element of the array a
Explanation: The above program doesn’t work for the cases where element to be searched is the last element of a or greater than the last element (or maximum element) in a. For such cases, program goes in an infinite loop because i is assigned value as k in all iterations, and i never becomes equal to or greater than j. So while condition never becomes false.
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