Now, let's talk about searching algorithms. If we take a look at the algorithms we implemented in previous chapters, such as the
search method of the
BinarySearchTree class (
, Trees) or the
indexOf method of the
LinkedList class (
, Linked Lists), these are all search algorithms, and of course, each one was implemented according to the behavior of its data structure. So we are already familiar with two-search algorithm; we just do not know their "official" names yet!
The sequential or linear search is the most basic search algorithm. It consists of comparing each element of the data structure with the one we are looking for. It is also the most inefficient one.
Let's take a look at its ...