user655321 - 7 months ago 115

Java Question

I am working on implementing a binary search algorithm to find a word that contains the prefix argument. This is what I have at the moment but the output isn't correct.

`public static int myBinarySearch2(List<String> arrayList, String prefix) {`

int first = 0;

int last = arrayList.size() - 1;

int mid = 0;

while (first <= last) {

mid = (first + last) / 2;

int c = prefix.compareTo(arrayList.get(mid));

if (c > 0) {

first = mid + 1;

} else if (c == 0) {

return mid;

} else

last = mid - 1;

}

return mid;

}

If anyone can look at my code and provide me so feedback, id appreciate it. Thanks!

Answer

You should use `boolean startsWith(String prefix)`

instead of `int compareTo(String s)`

.

The last one compares strings `char`

by `char`

fully, it isn't what you are expecting.

```
String s = arrayList.get(mid);
int c = s.startsWith(prefix) ? 0 : prefix.compareTo(s);
```

Source (Stackoverflow)

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