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Object Oriented Programming terms Searching and Sorting

binary search A search algorithm that finds the position of a target value within a sorted list by repeatedly comparing the target value to the middle element of parts of the list.
insertion sort algorithm A simple sorting algorithm that builds the final sorted array or list one item at a time.
linear search A search algorithm that finds the position of a target value within a list by starting at the beginning and examining each element until the target is found.
sort key Used to place data in ascending or descending order
selection sort A sort algorithm which repeatedly finds the next largest (or smallest) element in the data and moves it to its final position in the sorted list.
merge sort A sort algorithm that divides an input array in two halves and then calls itself for the two halves and then merges the two sorted halves.
sequential in order
iteration A single cylce of a repeated programming operation.
algorithm A procedure or formula for solving a problem.
middle element tested in the first iteration of the binary search algorithm
search key used to determine whether a value is present in data, and if so, finding its location.
position Used to set the greatest level of control over a GUI's appearance.
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