Definition: Search an array or list by checking items one at a time.
Also known as sequential search.
Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
transpose sequential search.
Aggregate parent (I am a part of or used in ...)
Bond Sequential Search.
Aggregate child (... is a part of or used in me.)
See also binary search, hash table.
Note: Average run time is Θ (n/2) when the item is found.
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Entry modified 22 April 2019.
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Paul E. Black, "linear search", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 22 April 2019. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/linearSearch.html