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# Java Program to Search ArrayList Element Using Binary Search

• Last Updated : 11 Dec, 2020

Linear Search can be implemented for sorting and non-sorting elements of a Data structure particular Data structure but the average case time complexity is O(n). Whereas as Binary Search can be implemented only when the items are in sorted order and average-case time complexity is O(logn) and both Transversal have best-case Time complexity is O(1). Now, given an Array List containing sorted elements Check whether the element exists in the ArrayList or not.

There are two types of Transversal while searching elements in Linear Data structure.

Illustration:

```Input:

ArrayList:[1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9]
key:3

Output:
true```

Case 1: Use Binary Search Because the list is sorted in order and Binary Search has less average time complexity as compared to Linear Search i.e O(logn).

## Java

 `// Java Program to Search ArrayList Element``// Using Binary Search`` ` `// Importing generic java libraries``import` `java.io.*;``import` `java.util.*;`` ` `class` `GFG {`` ` `    ``// Method to search elements in ArrayList``    ``static` `boolean` `search(``int` `key, ArrayList A)``    ``{``        ``// low pointer``        ``int` `low = ``0``;`` ` `        ``// high pointer``        ``int` `high = A.size() - ``1``;`` ` `        ``while` `(low <= high) {`` ` `            ``// find the mid pointer``            ``int` `mid = low + (high - low) / ``2``;``            ``if` `(A.get(mid) == key) {``                ``return` `true``;``            ``}``            ``else` `if` `(A.get(mid) < key) {`` ` `                ``// shift the low pointer``                ``low = mid + ``1``;``            ``}``            ``else` `{`` ` `                ``// shift the high pointer``                ``high = mid - ``1``;``            ``}``        ``}``        ``return` `false``;``    ``}`` ` `    ``// Main driver method``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{`` ` `        ``// Creating an ArrayList``        ``ArrayList A = ``new` `ArrayList<>();`` ` `        ``// Adding items in the list``        ``A.add(``1``);``        ``A.add(``2``);``        ``A.add(``3``);``        ``A.add(``4``);``        ``A.add(``6``);``        ``A.add(``7``);``        ``A.add(``8``);``        ``A.add(``9``);`` ` `        ``// Random element to be searched``        ``int` `key = ``19``;`` ` `        ``// Binary search``        ``boolean` `check = search(key, A);`` ` `        ``System.out.println(check);`` ` `        ``int` `key1 = ``2``;`` ` `        ``// Binary search``        ``boolean` `check1 = search(key1, A);`` ` `        ``System.out.println(check1);``    ``}``}`

Output:

```false
true```

Case 2: Suppose in order to find the maximum index of the greatest element less than the key in sorted repeated elements of ArrayList Using Binary Search.

```Input:

List: [2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7]
key: 2
key: 4

Output:
-1
2```

Example: Modify the Binary Search according to the condition

## Java

 `// Java Program to Search ArrayList Element``// Using Binary Search`` ` `// Importing generic java libraries``import` `java.io.*;``import` `java.util.*;`` ` `class` `GFG {`` ` `    ``// Method to search elements in arrayList``    ``static` `int` `search(``int` `key, ArrayList A)``    ``{``        ``// Low pointer``        ``int` `low = ``0``;`` ` `        ``// High pointer``        ``int` `high = A.size() - ``1``;``        ``int` `index = -``1``;``        ``while` `(low <= high) {`` ` `            ``// Mid pointer``            ``int` `mid = low + (high - low) / ``2``;``            ``if` `(A.get(mid) == key) {`` ` `                ``// Shift the High Pointer``                ``high = mid - ``1``;``            ``}``            ``else` `if` `(A.get(mid) < key) {`` ` `                ``// Storing the index of mid index value``                ``index = mid;`` ` `                ``// Shift the Low Pointer``                ``low = mid + ``1``;``            ``}`` ` `            ``else` `{``                ``high = mid - ``1``;``            ``}``        ``}`` ` `        ``// Return the index``        ``return` `index;``    ``}`` ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{``        ``// Creating an ArrayList``        ``ArrayList A = ``new` `ArrayList<>();`` ` `        ``// Adding elements in ArrayList``        ``A.add(``2``);``        ``A.add(``3``);``        ``A.add(``3``);``        ``A.add(``4``);``        ``A.add(``4``);``        ``A.add(``5``);``        ``A.add(``6``);``        ``A.add(``7``);`` ` `        ``// Key``        ``int` `key = ``5``;`` ` `        ``// Index of smallest greater element``        ``int` `index = search(key, A);`` ` `        ``// Print searched element``        ``System.out.println(index);``    ``}``}`

Output:

`4`

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