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Binary search algorithm
Binary Search Depiction.svg
Visualization of the binary search algorithm where 7 is the target value.
Class Search algorithm
Data structure Array
Worst-case performance O(log n)
Best-case performance O(1)
Average performance O(log n)
Worst-case space complexity O(1)

In computer science, binary search, also known as half-interval search,[1] logarithmic search,[2] or binary chop,[3] is a search algorithm that finds the position of a target value within a sorted array.[4][5] Binary search compares the target value to the middle element of the array. If they are not equal, the half in which the target cannot lie is eliminated and the search continues on the remaining half, again taking the middle element to compare to the target value, and repeating this until the target value is found. If the search ends with the remaining half being empty, the target is not in the array. Even though the idea is simple, implementing binary search correctly requires attention to some subtleties about its exit conditions and midpoint calculation.

Binary search runs in at worst logarithmic time, making O(log n) comparisons, where n is the number of elements in the array, the O is Big O notation, and log is the logarithm. Binary search takes constant (O(1)) space, meaning that the space taken by the algorithm is the same for any number of elements in the array.[6] Binary search is faster than linear search except for small arrays, but the array must be sorted first. Although specialized data structures designed for fast searching—such as hash tables—can be searched more efficiently, binary search applies to a wider range of problems.

There are numerous variations of binary search. In particular, fractional cascading speeds up binary searches for the same value in multiple arrays, efficiently solving a series of search problems in computational geometry and numerous other fields. Exponential search extends binary search to unbounded lists. The binary search tree and B-tree data structures are based on binary search.


Binary search works on sorted arrays. Binary search begins by comparing the middle element of the array with the target value. If the target value matches the middle element, its position in the array is returned. If the target value is less than or greater than the middle element, the search continues in the lower or upper half of the array, respectively, eliminating the other half from consideration.[7]


Given an array A of n elements with values or records A0, A1, ..., An−1, sorted such that A0A1 ≤ ... ≤ An−1, and target value T, the following subroutine uses binary search to find the index of T in A.[7]

  1. Set L to 0 and R to n − 1.
  2. If L > R, the search terminates as unsuccessful.
  3. Set m (the position of the middle element) to the floor, or the greatest integer less than (L + R) / 2.
  4. If Am < T, set L to m + 1 and go to step 2.
  5. If Am > T, set R to m − 1 and go to step 2.
  6. Now Am = T, the search is done; return m.

This iterative procedure keeps track of the search boundaries with the two variables. The procedure may be expressed in pseudocode as follows, where the variable names and types remain the same as above, floor is the floor function, and unsuccessful refers to a specific variable that conveys the failure of the search.[7]

function binary_search(A, n, T):
    L := 0
    R := n − 1
    while L <= R:
        m := floor((L + R) / 2)
        if A[m] < T:
            L := m + 1
        else if A[m] > T:
            R := m - 1
            return m
    return unsuccessful

Alternative procedure[edit]

In the above procedure, the algorithm checks whether the middle element (m) is equal to the target (T) in every iteration. Some implementations leave out this check during each iteration. The algorithm would perform this check only when one element is left (when L = R). This results in a faster comparison loop, as one comparison is eliminated per iteration. However, it requires one more iteration on average.[8]

The first implementation to leave out this equality check was published by Hermann Bottenbruch in 1962. However, Bottenbruch's version assumes that there is more than one element in the array. The subroutine for Bottenbruch's implementation is as follows, assuming that n > 1:[9][8]

  1. Set L to 0 and R to n − 1.
  2. If LR, go to step 6.
  3. Set m (the position of the middle element) to the ceiling, or the least integer greater than (L + R) / 2.
  4. If Am > T, set R to m − 1 and go to step 2.
  5. Otherwise, if AmT, set L to m and go to step 2.
  6. Now L = R, the search is done. If AL = T, return L. Otherwise, the search terminates as unsuccessful.

Duplicate elements[edit]

The procedure may return any index whose element is equal to the target value, even if there are duplicate elements in the array. For example, if the array to be searched was [1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7] and the target was 4, then it would be correct for the algorithm to either return the 4th (index 3) or 5th (index 4) element. The regular procedure would return the 4th element (index 3). However, it is sometimes necessary to find the leftmost element or the rightmost element if the target value is duplicated in the array. In the above example, the 4th element is the leftmost element of the value 4, and the 5th element is the rightmost element. The alternative procedure above will always return the index of the rightmost element if an element is duplicated in the array.[9]

Procedure for finding the leftmost element[edit]

To find the leftmost element, the following procedure can be used:[10]

  1. Set L to 0 and R to n.
  2. If LR, go to step 6.
  3. Set m (the position of the middle element) to the floor, or the greatest integer less than (L + R) / 2.
  4. If Am < T, set L to m + 1 and go to step 2.
  5. Otherwise, if AmT, set R to m and go to step 2.
  6. Now L = R, the search is done, return L.

If L < n and AL = T, then AL is the leftmost element that equals T. Even if T is not in the array, L is the rank of T in the array, or the number of elements in the array that are less than T.

Where floor is the floor function and == checks for equality, the pseudocode for this version is:

function binary_search_leftmost(A, n, T):
    L := 0
    R := n
    while L < R:
        m := floor((L + R) / 2)
        if A[m] < T:
            L := m + 1
            R := m
    return L

Procedure for finding the rightmost element[edit]

To find the rightmost element, the following procedure can be used:[10]

  1. Set L to 0 and R to n.
  2. If LR, go to step 6.
  3. Set m (the position of the middle element) to the floor, or the greatest integer less than (L + R) / 2.
  4. If Am > T, set R to m and go to step 2.
  5. Otherwise, if AmT, set L to m + 1 and go to step 2.
  6. Now L = R, the search is done, return L.

If L < n and AL = T, then AL is the rightmost element that equals T. Even if T is not in the array, L is the number of elements in the array that are greater than T.

Where floor is the floor function and == checks for equality, the pseudocode for this version is:

function binary_search_rightmost(A, n, T):
    L := 0
    R := n
    while L < R:
        m := floor((L + R) / 2)
        if A[m] > T:
            R := m
            L := m + 1
    return L

Approximate matches[edit]

Binary search can be adapted to compute approximate matches. In the example above, the rank, predecessor, successor, and nearest neighbor are shown for the target value 5, which is not in the array.

The above procedure only performs exact matches, finding the position of a target value. However, due to the ordered nature of sorted arrays, it is trivial to extend binary search to perform approximate matches. For example, binary search can be used to compute, for a given value, its rank (the number of smaller elements), predecessor (next-smallest element), successor (next-largest element), and nearest neighbor. Range queries seeking the number of elements between two values can be performed with two rank queries.[11]

  • Rank queries can be performed using a modified version of binary search. By returning m on a successful search, and L on an unsuccessful search, the number of elements less than the target value is returned instead.[11] If there are duplicate elements in the array, then the procedure for finding the leftmost element must be used.
  • Predecessor and successor queries can be performed with rank queries. Once the rank of the target value is known, its predecessor is the element at the position given by its rank (as it is the largest element that is smaller than the target value). Its successor is the element after it (if it is present in the array) or at the next position after the predecessor (otherwise).[12] The procedure for finding the rightmost element must be used for computing the successor if there are duplicate elements in the array. The nearest neighbor of the target value is either its predecessor or successor, whichever is closer.
  • Range queries are also straightforward. Once the ranks of the two values are known, the number of elements greater than or equal to the first value and less than the second is the difference of the two ranks. This count can be adjusted up or down by one according to whether the endpoints of the range should be considered to be part of the range and whether the array contains keys matching those endpoints.[13]


A tree representing binary search. The array being searched here is [20, 30, 40, 50, 80, 90, 100], and the target value is 40.
The worst case is reached when the search reaches the deepest level of the tree, while the best case is reached when the target value is the middle element.

The performance of binary search can be analyzed by reducing the procedure to a binary comparison tree, where the root node is the middle element of the array. The middle element of the lower half is the left child node of the root and the middle element of the upper half is the right child node of the root. The rest of the tree is built in a similar fashion. This model represents binary search; starting from the root node, the left or right subtrees are traversed depending on whether the target value is less or more than the node under consideration, representing the successive elimination of elements.[6][14]

The worst case is iterations of the comparison loop, where the notation denotes the floor function that rounds its argument to the next-smallest integer and is the binary logarithm. The worst case is reached when the search reaches the deepest level of the tree, equivalent to a binary search that has reduced to one element and, in each iteration, always eliminates the smaller subarray out of the two if they are not of equal size.[a][14]

The worst case may also be reached when the target element is not in the array. If is one less than a power of two, then this is always the case. Otherwise, the search may perform , the worst case, or iterations, one less than the worst case, depending on whether the search reaches the deepest or second-deepest level of the tree.[15]

On average, assuming that each element is equally likely to be searched, binary search makes iterations when the target element is in the array. This is approximately equal to iterations. When the target element is not in the array, the average case is iterations, assuming that the range between and outside elements is equally likely to be searched.[14]

In the best case, where the target value is the middle element of the array, its position is returned after one iteration.[16]

In terms of iterations, no search algorithm that works only by comparing elements can exhibit better average and worst-case performance than binary search. This is because the comparison tree representing binary search has the fewest levels possible as each level is filled completely with nodes if there are enough nodes.[b] Otherwise, the search algorithm can eliminate few elements in an iteration, increasing the number of iterations required in the average and worst case. This is the case for other search algorithms based on comparisons, as while they may work faster on some target values, the average performance over all elements is affected. By dividing the array in half, binary search ensures that the size of both subarrays are as similar as possible.[14]

Performance of alternative procedure[edit]

Each iteration of the binary search procedure defined above makes one or two comparisons, checking if the middle element is equal to the target in each iteration. Assuming that each element is equally likely to be searched, each iteration makes 1.5 comparisons on average. A variation of the algorithm checks whether the middle element is equal to the target at the end of the search, eliminating on average half a comparison from each iteration. This slightly cuts the time taken per iteration on most computers, while guaranteeing that the search takes the maximum number of iterations, on average adding one iteration to the search. Because the comparison loop is performed only times in the worst case, the slight increase in comparison loop efficiency does not compensate for the extra iteration for all but enormous .[c][17][18]

Binary search versus other schemes[edit]

Sorted arrays with binary search are a very inefficient solution when insertion and deletion operations are interleaved with retrieval, taking time for each such operation, and complicating memory use.[19] There are other data structures that support much more efficient insertion and deletion. Binary search can be used to perform exact matching and set membership (determining whether a target value is in a collection of values), but there are data structures that support faster exact matching and set membership. However, unlike many other searching schemes, binary search can be used for efficient approximate matching, usually performing such matches in time regardless of the type or structure of the values themselves.[20] In addition, there are some operations, like finding the smallest and largest element, that can be performed efficiently on a sorted array.[11]


For implementing associative arrays, hash tables, a data structure that maps keys to records using a hash function, are generally faster than binary search on a sorted array of records;[21] most implementations require only amortized constant time on average.[d][23] However, hashing is not useful for approximate matches, such as computing the next-smallest, next-largest, and nearest key, as the only information given on a failed search is that the target is not present in any record.[24] Binary search is ideal for such matches, performing them in logarithmic time. Binary search also supports approximate matches. Some operations, like finding the smallest and largest element, can be done efficiently on sorted arrays but not on hash tables.[20]


Binary search trees are searched using an algorithm similar to binary search.

A binary search tree is a binary tree data structure that works based on the principle of binary search. The records of the tree are arranged in sorted order, and each record in the tree can be searched using an algorithm similar to binary search, taking on average logarithmic time. Insertion and deletion also require on average logarithmic time in binary search trees. This can be faster than the linear time insertion and deletion of sorted arrays, and binary trees retain the ability to perform all the operations possible on a sorted array, including range and approximate queries.[20][25]

However, binary search is usually more efficient for searching as binary search trees will most likely be imperfectly balanced, resulting in slightly worse performance than binary search. This even applies to balanced binary search trees, binary search trees that balance their own nodes, because they rarely produce optimally-balanced trees. Although unlikely, the tree may be severely imbalanced with few internal nodes with two children, resulting in the average and worst-case search time approaching comparisons.[e] Binary search trees take more space than sorted arrays.[27]

Binary search trees lend themselves to fast searching in external memory stored in hard disks, as binary search trees can efficiently be structured in filesystems. The B-tree generalizes this method of tree organization; B-trees are frequently used to organize long-term storage such as databases and filesystems.[28][29]

Linear search[edit]

Linear search is a simple search algorithm that checks every record until it finds the target value. Linear search can be done on a linked list, which allows for faster insertion and deletion than an array. Binary search is faster than linear search for sorted arrays except if the array is short, although the array needs to be sorted beforehand.[f][31] All sorting algorithms based on comparing elements, such as quicksort and merge sort, require at least comparisons in the worst case.[32] Unlike linear search, binary search can be used for efficient approximate matching. There are operations such as finding the smallest and largest element that can be done efficiently on a sorted array but not on an unsorted array.[33]

Set membership algorithms[edit]

A related problem to search is set membership. Any algorithm that does lookup, like binary search, can also be used for set membership. There are other algorithms that are more specifically suited for set membership. A bit array is the simplest, useful when the range of keys is limited. It compactly stores a collection of bits, with each bit representing a single key within the range of keys. Bit arrays are very fast, requiring only time.[34] The Judy1 type of Judy array handles 64-bit keys efficiently.[35]

For approximate results, Bloom filters, another probabilistic data structure based on hashing, store a set of keys by encoding the keys using a bit array and multiple hash functions. Bloom filters are much more space-efficient than bit arrays in most cases and not much slower: with hash functions, membership queries require only time. However, Bloom filters suffer from false positives.[g][h][37]

Other data structures[edit]

There exist data structures that may improve on binary search in some cases for both searching and other operations available for sorted arrays. For example, searches, approximate matches, and the operations available to sorted arrays can be performed more efficiently than binary search on specialized data structures such as van Emde Boas trees, fusion trees, tries, and bit arrays. However, while these operations can always be done at least efficiently on a sorted array regardless of the keys, such data structures are usually only faster because they exploit the properties of keys with a certain attribute (usually keys that are small integers), and thus will be time or space consuming for keys that lack that attribute.[20] Some structures, such as Judy arrays, use a combination of approaches to mitigate this while retaining efficiency and the ability to perform approximate matching.[35]


Uniform binary search[edit]

Uniform binary search stores the difference between the current and the two next possible middle elements instead of specific bounds.

Uniform binary search stores, instead of the lower and upper bounds, the index of the middle element and the change in the middle element from the current iteration to the next iteration. Each step reduces the change by about half. For example, if the array to be searched was [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11], the middle element would be 6. Uniform binary search works on the basis that the difference between the index of middle element of the array and the left and right subarrays is the same. In this case, the middle element of the left subarray ([1, 2, 3, 4, 5]) is 3 and the middle element of the right subarray ([7, 8, 9, 10, 11]) is 9. Uniform binary search would store the value of 3 as both indices differ from 6 by this same amount.[38] To reduce the search space, the algorithm either adds or subtracts this change from the middle element. The main advantage of uniform binary search is that the procedure can store a table of the differences between indices for each iteration of the procedure. Uniform binary search may be faster on systems where it is inefficient to calculate the midpoint, such as on decimal computers.[39]

Exponential search[edit]

Visualization of exponential searching finding the upper bound for the subsequent binary search.

Exponential search extends binary search to unbounded lists. It starts by finding the first element with an index that is both a power of two and greater than the target value. Afterwards, it sets that index as the upper bound, and switches to binary search. A search takes iterations of the exponential search and at most iterations of the binary search, where is the position of the target value. Exponential search works on bounded lists, but becomes an improvement over binary search only if the target value lies near the beginning of the array.[40]

Interpolation search[edit]

Visualization of interpolation search. In this case, no searching is needed because the estimate of the target's location within the array is correct. Other implementations may specify another function for estimating the target's location.

Instead of calculating the midpoint, interpolation search estimates the position of the target value, taking into account the lowest and highest elements in the array as well as length of the array. This is only possible if the array elements are numbers. It works on the basis that the midpoint is not the best guess in many cases. For example, if the target value is close to the highest element in the array, it is likely to be located near the end of the array.[41] When the distribution of the array elements is uniform or near uniform, it makes comparisons.[41][42][43]

In practice, interpolation search is slower than binary search for small arrays, as interpolation search requires extra computation. Although its time complexity grows more slowly than binary search, this only compensates for the extra computation for large arrays.[41]

Fractional cascading[edit]

Fractional cascading is a technique that speeds up binary searches for the same element in multiple sorted arrays. Searching each array separately requires time, where is the number of arrays. Fractional cascading reduces this to by storing specific information in each array about each element and its position in the other arrays.[44][45]

Fractional cascading was originally developed to efficiently solve various computational geometry problems, but it also has been applied elsewhere, in domains such as data mining and Internet Protocol routing.[44]

Noisy binary search[edit]

In noisy binary search, there is a certain probability that a comparison is incorrect.

Noisy binary search algorithms solve the case where the algorithm cannot reliably compare elements of the array. For each pair of elements, there is a certain probability that the algorithm makes the wrong comparison. Noisy binary search can find the correct position of the target with a given probability that controls the reliability of the yielded position.[i][j][49][50]

Quantum binary search[edit]

Classical computers are bounded to the worst case of exactly iterations when performing binary search. Quantum algorithms for binary search are still bounded to a proportion of queries (representing iterations of the classical procedure), but the constant factor is less than one, providing for faster performance on quantum computers. Any exact quantum binary search procedure—that is, a procedure that always yields the correct result—requires at least queries in the worst case, where is the natural logarithm.[51] There is an exact quantum binary search procedure that runs in queries in the worst case.[52] In comparison, Grover's algorithm is the optimal quantum algorithm for searching an unordered list of elements, and it requires queries.[53]


In 1946, John Mauchly made the first mention of binary search as part of the Moore School Lectures, a seminal and foundational college course in computing.[9] In 1957, William Wesley Peterson published the first method for interpolation search.[9][54] Every published binary search algorithm worked only for arrays whose length is one less than a power of two[k] until 1960, when Derrick Henry Lehmer published a binary search algorithm that worked on all arrays.[56] In 1962, Hermann Bottenbruch presented an ALGOL 60 implementation of binary search that placed the comparison for equality at the end, increasing the average number of iterations by one, but reducing to one the number of comparisons per iteration.[8] The uniform binary search was developed by A. K. Chandra of Stanford University in 1971.[9] In 1986, Bernard Chazelle and Leonidas J. Guibas introduced fractional cascading as a method to solve numerous search problems in computational geometry.[44][57][58]

Implementation issues[edit]

Although the basic idea of binary search is comparatively straightforward, the details can be surprisingly tricky ... — Donald Knuth[2]

When Jon Bentley assigned binary search as a problem in a course for professional programmers, he found that ninety percent failed to provide a correct solution after several hours of working on it, mainly because the incorrect implementations failed to run or returned a wrong answer in rare edge cases.[59] A study published in 1988 shows that accurate code for it is only found in five out of twenty textbooks.[60] Furthermore, Bentley's own implementation of binary search, published in his 1986 book Programming Pearls, contained an overflow error that remained undetected for over twenty years. The Java programming language library implementation of binary search had the same overflow bug for more than nine years.[61]

In a practical implementation, the variables used to represent the indices will often be of fixed size, and this can result in an arithmetic overflow for very large arrays. If the midpoint of the span is calculated as (L + R) / 2, then the value of L + R may exceed the range of integers of the data type used to store the midpoint, even if L and R are within the range. If L and R are nonnegative, this can be avoided by calculating the midpoint as L + (RL) / 2.[62]

If the target value is greater than the greatest value in the array, and the last index of the array is the maximum representable value of L, the value of L will eventually become too large and overflow. A similar problem will occur if the target value is smaller than the least value in the array and the first index of the array is the smallest representable value of R. In particular, this means that R must not be an unsigned type if the array starts with index 0.[60][62]

An infinite loop may occur if the exit conditions for the loop are not defined correctly. Once L exceeds R, the search has failed and must convey the failure of the search. In addition, the loop must be exited when the target element is found, or in the case of an implementation where this check is moved to the end, checks for whether the search was successful or failed at the end must be in place. Bentley found that most of the programmers who incorrectly implemented binary search made an error in defining the exit conditions.[8][63]

Library support[edit]

Many languages' standard libraries include binary search routines:

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ This happens as binary search will not always divide the array perfectly. Take for example the array [1, 2, ..., 16]. The first iteration will select the midpoint of 8. On the left subarray are eight elements, but on the right are nine. If the search takes the right path, there is a higher chance that the search will make the maximum number of comparisons.[14]
  2. ^ Any search algorithm based solely on comparisons can be represented using a binary comparison tree. An internal path is any path from the root to an existing node. Let be the internal path length, the sum of the lengths of all internal paths. If each element is equally likely to be searched, the average case is or simply one plus the average of all the internal path lengths of the tree. This is because internal paths represent the elements that the search algorithm compares to the target. The lengths of these internal paths represent the number of iterations after the root node. Adding the average of these lengths to the one iteration at the root yields the average case. Therefore, to minimize the average number of comparisons, the internal path length must be minimized. It turns out that the tree for binary search minimizes the internal path length. Knuth 1998 proved that the external path length (the path length over all nodes where both children are present for each already-existing node) is minimized when the external nodes (the nodes with no children) lie within two consecutive levels of the tree. This also applies to internal paths as internal path length is linearly related to external path length . For any tree of nodes, . When each subtree has a similar number of nodes, or equivalently the array is divided into halves in each iteration, the external nodes as well as their interior parent nodes lie within two levels. It follows that binary search minimizes the number of average comparisons as its comparison tree has the lowest possible internal path length.[14]
  3. ^ Knuth 1998 showed on his MIX computer model, intended to represent an ordinary computer, that the average running time of this variation for a successful search is units of time compared to units for regular binary search. The time complexity for this variation grows slightly more slowly, but at the cost of higher initial complexity. [17]
  4. ^ It is possible to perform hashing in guaranteed constant time.[22]
  5. ^ The worst binary search tree for searching can be produced by inserting the values in sorted order or in an alternating lowest-highest key pattern.[26]
  6. ^ Knuth 1998 performed a formal time performance analysis of both of these search algorithms. On Knuth's MIX computer, which Knuth designed as a representation of an ordinary computer, binary search takes on average units of time for a successful search, while linear search with a sentinel node at the end of the list takes units. Linear search has lower initial complexity because it requires minimal computation, but it quickly outgrows binary search in complexity. On the MIX computer, binary search only outperforms linear search with a sentinel if .[14][30]
  7. ^ This is because simply setting all of the bits which the hash functions point to for a specific key can affect queries for other keys which have a common hash location for one or more of the functions.[36]
  8. ^ There exist improvements of the Bloom filter which improve on its complexity or support deletion; for example, the cuckoo filter exploits cuckoo hashing to gain these advantages.[36]
  9. ^ Using noisy comparisons, Ben-Or & Hassidim 2008 established that any noisy binary search procedure must make at least comparisons on average, where is the binary entropy function and is the probability that the procedure yields the wrong position.[46]
  10. ^ The noisy binary search problem can be considered as a case of the Rényi-Ulam game,[47] a variant of Twenty Questions where the answers may be wrong.[48]
  11. ^ That is, arrays of length 1, 3, 7, 15, 31 ...[55]


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  15. ^ Knuth 1998, §6.2.1 ("Searching an ordered table"), "Theorem B".
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  30. ^ Knuth 1998, Answers to Exercises (§6.2.1) for "Exercise 5".
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  32. ^ Knuth 1998, §5.3.1 ("Minimum-Comparison sorting").
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