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by Dinesh Thakur

Searching is a process of locating a particular element present in a given set of elements. The element may be a record, a table, or a file.

A search algorithm is an algorithm that accepts an argument ‘a’ and tries to find an element whose value is ‘a’. It is possible that the search for a particular element in a set is unsuccessful if that element does not exist. There are number of techniques available for searching.