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# Possible Error in SCJP5 - Generics and Collections

Greenhorn
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Hello, here is a question 9 on from pg 616 of Bates and Sierra's SCJP Java 5 study guide:

Given a properly prepared String array containing five elements, which range of results coud a proper invocaion of Arrays.binarySearch() produce?

The answer given on page 628 is:

G: -6 through 4

I would think the answer should be:

E: -5 through 4

Isn't the formula for determining the insertion point:

So for an array of 5 elements, the insertion point representing index 4 is:

Am I missing something?

Tim

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Tim

Here we are searching for one element and the element is not there in the array means,the element which we are searching should be there at fifth position in the array.

so
-(-5)-1=-6

ok

Thanks

Anil Kumar

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Hi,

Thanks,

Greenhorn
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insertion point gives the location of element so that whole array would be sorted one.

So the searching element would be the next of last element of array.
here it's index would be 5.
So insertion point will be -(5)-1 = -6 ..

[ May 17, 2007: Message edited by: lalit chand ]
[ May 17, 2007: Message edited by: lalit chand ]

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