Python Program for Linear Search

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 30 Dec, 2020

Problem: Given an array arr[] of n elements, write a function to search a given element x in arr[].
Examples :

Input : arr[] = {10, 20, 80, 30, 60, 50,
110, 100, 130, 170}
x = 110;
Output : 6
Element x is present at index 6

Input : arr[] = {10, 20, 80, 30, 60, 50,
110, 100, 130, 170}
x = 175;
Output : -1
Element x is not present in arr[].

A simple approach is to do linear search, i.e

• Start from the leftmost element of arr[] and one by one compare x with each element of arr[]
• If x matches with an element, return the index.
• If x doesn’t match with any of elements, return -1.
 # Searching an element in a list/array in python# can be simply done using \'in\' operator# Example:# if x in arr:#   print arr.index(x)  # If you want to implement Linear Search in python  # Linearly search x in arr[]# If x is present then return its location# else return -1  def search(arr, x):      for i in range(len(arr)):          if arr[i] == x:            return i      return -1

The time complexity of above algorithm is O(n).

Please refer complete article on Linear Search for more details!

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