CS 136 Assignment 3
This assignment consists of both a written homework component and a lab
Problems 4.1-4.5 in Bailey. For each problem, give the worst-case time
complexity using "big-Oh" notation, as well as a brief
Also be sure to look at problems 4.9-4.14. While you don't have to turn
in solutions to these problems, you should be certain that you understand
the answers, which can be found at the back of the text.
This homework is due Friday, February 25, in class.
In this assignment you will implement different search algorithms and
measure their performance by running a set of experiments. The assignment
has two parts.
In the first part you will add two more search methods to the
Search that I have provided for you. Both of the methods will be
similar to binary search except for the way they split the array:
Be sure to test your methods thoroughly. They should be able to handle
The first new method will split the array at 1/5 of its length.
The second new method will split the array at a randomly chosen index.
You don't need to submit these tests, but you will be graded on correctness,
so it is worthwhile to test your methods thoroughly.
- finding an element at the beginning of the array
- finding an element at the end of the array
- returning -1 for an element not found
The second part of the assignment will require that you design
and implement an experiment that will allow measuring and comparing the
performance of the four methods.
In order to compare the methods fairly, you will run them all on ordered
arrays. Since the position of the target in the array is the focus of
our search, rather than the target itself, you can simply run
your experiments on arrays containing integers 0 to n-1 (or 1 to n, if you
The experiment design is as follows:
Note. To make the measurements described above, you will need to
add counters and counting code to your methods (and/or to the class). Do
this in a manner that is as transparent as possible. A user of the Search
class should be able to invoke the various methods without knowing that
any counting is happening!
Apply each method to arrays of sizes 10, 20, 30, ..., 100,
200, 300, ..., 1000.
For each size, perform 10 different searches for key values randomly
selected from the range of values stored in the array (e.g., for size 100,
randomly select a value in the range 0-99, and run each search method with
that value as the target. Count the comparisons for each of the ten runs,
and for each search method compute an average number of comparisons
performed for the current problem (array) size. This average will be an
approximation of the expected (average) number of comparisons required
by the method for the current problem size.
Output the averages computed in such a manner that they allow for the
comparison of the four search methods considered.
The goals are to learn how to measure the performance of algorithms using
experiments. You should prepare a design of your solution to this
assignment for the lab on Wednesday. The design should include
complete method headers for the two new searches, as well as pseudocode
for the methods and the experiment component.
As always, remember that classes requested for assignments should always be
named as in the assignment. Don't forget to follow the usual conventions
for naming of methods, variables, etc.
What to hand in
The program is due Sunday, February 27 for those in a Wednesday lab,
and Monday, February 28 for those in the Thursday lab. Programs are
handed in by putting a folder, whose name is your last name,
into the CS136 drop-off folder on Cider Press. The folder should contain
the Metrowerks project folder for your Search class. Please also remember
to turn in a printed copy either to me to to one of the 136 TAs.