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## to Binary Search in the Scala Track

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Implement a binary search algorithm.

Searching a sorted collection is a common task. A dictionary is a sorted list of word definitions. Given a word, one can find its definition. A telephone book is a sorted list of people's names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Knowing someone's name allows one to quickly find their telephone number and address.

If the list to be searched contains more than a few items (a dozen, say) a binary search will require far fewer comparisons than a linear search, but it imposes the requirement that the list be sorted.

In computer science, a binary search or half-interval search algorithm finds the position of a specified input value (the search "key") within an array sorted by key value.

In each step, the algorithm compares the search key value with the key value of the middle element of the array.

If the keys match, then a matching element has been found and its index, or position, is returned.

Otherwise, if the search key is less than the middle element's key, then the algorithm repeats its action on the sub-array to the left of the middle element or, if the search key is greater, on the sub-array to the right.

If the remaining array to be searched is empty, then the key cannot be found in the array and a special "not found" indication is returned.

A binary search halves the number of items to check with each iteration, so locating an item (or determining its absence) takes logarithmic time. A binary search is a dichotomic divide and conquer search algorithm.

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### BinarySearchTest.scala

``````import org.scalatest.{Matchers, FunSuite}

/** @version 1.3.0 */
class BinarySearchTest extends FunSuite with Matchers {

test("finds a value in an array with one element") {
BinarySearch.find(List(6), 6) should be(Some(0))
}

test("finds a value in the middle of an array") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11), 6) should be(Some(3))
}

test("finds a value at the beginning of an array") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11), 1) should be(Some(0))
}

test("finds a value at the end of an array") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11), 11) should be(Some(6))
}

test("finds a value in an array of odd length") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 634),
144) should be(Some(9))
}

test("finds a value in an array of even length") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377), 21) should be(
Some(5))
}

test("identifies that a value is not included in the array") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11), 7) should be(None)
}

test("a value smaller than the array's smallest value is not found") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11), 0) should be(None)
}

test("a value larger than the array's largest value is not found") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11), 13) should be(None)
}

test("nothing is found in an empty array") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(), 1) should be(None)
}

test("nothing is found when the left and right bounds cross") {
pending
BinarySearch.find(List(1, 2), 0) should be(None)
}
}``````
``````import scala.annotation.tailrec

object BinarySearch {
def find(list: List[Int], target: Int): Option[Int] = {
@tailrec
def binaryFind(left: Int, mid: Int, right: Int): Option[Int] = list match {
case Nil => None
case x => (left, mid, right) match {
case (_, m, _) if x(m) == target => Some(m)
case (l, _, r) if l >= r => None
case (l, m, r) if x(m) < target => binaryFind(m + 1, (m + 1 + r) / 2, r)
case (l, m, r) if x(m) > target => binaryFind(l, (r - m - 1) / 2, m - 1)
}
}

binaryFind(0, list.length / 2, list.length - 1)
}
}``````