binary_search() in C++ STL

The C++ Standard Library consists of the header, <algorithm> which defines a collection of functions (principally designed to deal with a range of elements). binary_search() is a method in the STL that tests if a certain value exists in sorted sequence.


binary_search( iterator_begin, iterator_end, val );
binary_search( iterator_begin, iterator_end, val, comparator );

Parameters: The binary_search() method accepts 4 parameters

  • iterator_begin: Iterator to the initial position
  • iterator_end: Iterator to the final position ( Note: the range is [iterator_begin,iterator_end) )
  • val: Value to search
  • comparator: binary predicate which returns ​true if the first argument is less than the second.

Return value: True if val is found. False otherwise

Example of binary_search() method

#include <iostream>
#include <algorithm>
#include <vector>

using namespace std;

int main()
    vector<int> v;

    if(binary_search(v.begin(), v.end(), 4))
        cout<<"4 is found! \n";

    if(!binary_search(v.begin(), v.end(), 7))
        cout<<"7 not found! \n";


4 is found!
7 not found! 

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