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Binary search: Search for data in files using binary search

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This class can be used to quickly search for sorted data in large files using the binary search algorithm.

It can search for a given identifier in a file that has lines that contain only the identifier and a value separated by a tab character.

The class uses the binary search algorithm to quickly narrow the search for a given identifier even when the files are very large.

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Sometimes it is necessary to search a large amount of data for given information.

One way to reduce the time that is necessary to search the data is to store it in a file sorted by the key search values. Then we can used the binary search algorithm to quickly find the data in the file without having to load it all at once in memory.

This class implements the binary search algorithm in pure PHP code.

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Nice work and very well coded.
15 years ago (David Ferreira)