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Introduction and Summary

What is Binary Search

Binary Search  -  A technique for searching an ordered list in which we first check the middle item and - based on that comparison - "discard" half the data. The same procedure is then applied to the remaining half until a match is found or there are no more items left.
Binary Decision  -  A decision with two possible choices.
Tree  -  A data structure accessed beginning at the root node. Each node is either a leaf or a parent which refers to child nodes. For more detailed information, please refer to the SparkNote on the subject.
Subarray  -  A portion of a larger array.
Subscript  -  A subscript is the index number of an element in an array. It is the number of the "slot" in which the specified data resides.
Recursion  -  Recursion is a method for solving a problem in which the problem is broken down into a smaller version of itself which can either be solved explicitly or can be solved recursively. See the SparkNote on recursion.
Base Case  -  In recursion, the base case is the version of the problem that can be solved explicitly, the problem that we know the answer to. For example, in the fibonacci problem, the base case is n = = 1 or n = = 0 . For both cases we know the answer is 1.