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Linear Search in Java

Linear search is used to search a key element from multiple elements. Linear search is less used today because it is slower than binary search and hashing.


  • Step 1: Traverse the array
  • Step 2: Match the key element with array element
  • Step 3: If key element is found, return the index position of the array element
  • Step 4: If key element is not found, return -1

Let's see an example of linear search in java where we are going to search an element sequentially from an array.

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50 is found at index: 3

Linear Search in Java (Another way)

You can also use a method where array is not predefined. Here, user has to put the elements as input and select one element to check its location.


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