jump search


Definition: Search a sorted array by checking every jth item until the right area is found, then doing a linear search. The optimum for n items is when j=√ n.

Also known as block search.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)

See also interpolation search, binary search, linear search.

Note: If there will be two levels of jumping, the optimum is j=n2/3 for the first jumps and j=n1/3 for the second level of jumps.

Author: PEB

More information

Ben Shneiderman, Jump Searching: A Fast Sequential Search Technique, CACM, 21(10):831-834, October 1978.

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