What does Binary Search Algorithm do? Given a sorted array of n elements, write a function to search for the index of a given element (target).

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## Process of working of Binary Search Algorithm?

- Search for the array by dividing the array in half repeatedly.
- Initially consider the actual array and pick the element at the middle index
- Keep a lower index i.e. 0 and higher index i.e. length of array
- If it is equal to the target element then return the index
- Else if it is greater than the target element then consider only the left half of array. (lower index = 0, higher = middle – 1)
- Else if it is less than the target element then consider only the right half of array. (lower index = middle + 1, higher = length of array)
- Return -(insertion index + 1) if the target element is not found in the array (If the lower index is greater than or equal to higher index). Some simpler implementations just return -1 if the element is not found. The offset of 1 must be added as the insertion index might be 0 (the searched value might be smaller than all elements in the array). As indexing starts at 0, this must be distinguishable from the case where the target element has the index 0.

## Time Complexity of Binary Search Algorithm

- O(log n) Worst Case
- O(1) Best Case (If middle element of initial array is the target element)

## Space Complexity of Binary Search Algorithm

- O(1) For iterative approach
- O(1) For recursive approach if tail call optimization is used, O(log n) due to recursion call stack, otherwise

## Ruby Code for Binary Search Algorithm

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```
# Searches through a list for a value in O(log(n)) time.
# The list must be sorted.
def binary_search(array, key)
front = 0
back = array.length - 1
while front <= back
middle = (front + back) / 2
return middle if array[middle] == key
if key < array[middle]
back = middle - 1
else
front = middle + 1
end
end
nil
end
puts "Enter a sorted space-separated list:"
arr = gets.chomp.split(' ').map(&:to_i)
puts "Enter the value to be searched:"
value = gets.chomp.to_i
puts if binary_search(arr, value) != nil
"Found at index #{binary_search(arr, value)}"
else
"Not found"
end
```