Java code ranking of an element using linear search

Posted on 2010-09-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
I've been trying to understand this instruction but I don't get it. All what I know is, I'm suppose to write a
a binary search but before that I need to rank these data below first. I can write binary search code but I don't know what I'm doing that for. Below is the instruction:

Write a Java program that will read the two sequences and then the ranks. For each rank you should trace the binary
search (one line per “probe”) and then indicate which element of which sequence has the desired rank. The first line of the
input file will give m, n, and p where m is the number of elements in the first sequence, n is the number of elements in the
second sequence, and p is the number of ranks for which binary searches will be performed. The sequence elements will be in the range 0...999,999. The ranks will be in the range 1...m+n.

For a given rank, the corresponding element could be in either one of the two input sequences. If stored as suggested in
(1.), the following (symmetric) observations allow a binary search to be used:
a.      If the corresponding element is at a[ i ], then there must be an index j such that all of the following hold:
1. i + j == rank,
2. a[ i ] > b[ j ], and
3. a[ i ] <= b[ j  + 1 ]
b.      If the corresponding element is at b[ j ], then there must be an index i such that all of the following hold:
1. i + j == rank,
2. a[ i ] <= b[ j ], and
3. a[ i + 1 ] > b[ j ]

Below is my dataFile.txt
Below are the data file input

-999999    0         -999999     0
1               2         0           1
1               3         1           6
1               4         2           8
1               5         3           9
2               7         4           10
5              12        4           11
6              14        5           13
8              17        6           15
8              18        7           16
9              22        8           19
999999      0        8            20
                            8            21
                            9            23
                            9            24
                            9            25
                         999999      0

import java.util.*;

public class Proj1Main
    private static Scanner ins = new Scanner(;

    public static void main(String[ ] args)
        String filename;

        int bMaxNum = 17;
        int aMaxNum = 12;

        int[ ] intArray = new int[ aMaxNum ];
        int[ ] bIntArray = new int[ bMaxNum ];
        int[ ] aRanks = new int[ aMaxNum ];
        int[ ] bRanks = new int[ bMaxNum ];

        System.out.println("Enter the name of the input file: ");
        filename =;
        Scanner input = null;
            input = new Scanner(new File(filename));
        catch(FileNotFoundException FNFE)

            System.err.printf("Could not find the input file %s\n", filename);

        int iArrayElemnts;
        int aRankElemnts;
        int jArrayElemnts;
        int bRankElemnts;
        String comment = input.nextLine( ); // to go to next line in input
        int index, min = 0;
        String emptyLine;
        String inputstring;
        for(index = 0; index < aMaxNum; index++)

            iArrayElemnts = input.nextInt( ); //read all first sequence inputs
            aRankElemnts = input.nextInt( ); //read all second sequence inputs
            jArrayElemnts = input.nextInt( ); //read all third sequence inputs
            bRankElemnts = input.nextInt( ); //read all fourth sequence inputs

            intArray[ index ] = iArrayElemnts; //assign all first sequence inputs into intArray array
            aRanks[ index ] = aRankElemnts; //assign all second sequence inputs into aRanks array
            bIntArray[ index ] = jArrayElemnts; //assign all third sequence inputs into bIntArray array
            bRanks[ index ] = bRankElemnts; //assign all fourth sequence inputs into bRanks array
        String inputLine;
        int max = index;
        while((max < bMaxNum) && input.hasNext( ))
            jArrayElemnts = input.nextInt( );
            bRankElemnts = input.nextInt( );

            bIntArray[ max ] = jArrayElemnts;
            bRanks[ max ] = bRankElemnts;

        ranksByMerge(intArray, aRanks, bIntArray, bRanks, min, max);

    private static void ranksByMerge(int[ ] a, int[ ] aRank, int[ ] b, int[ ] bRank, int mMin, int nMax)

        int i, j, k;

        i = j = k = 1;
        while(i < mMin && j < nMax)
            if(a[ i ] <= b[ j ])
                 aRank[ i++ ] = k++;
                bRank[ j++ ] = k++;
        while(i < mMin)
            aRank[ i++ ] = k++;
        while(j < nMax)
            bRank[ j++ ] = k++;

        //for(int m=0; m<aRank.length; m++)
        //System.out.println(aRank[ m ]);

        //for(int m=0; m<bRank.length;m++)
        //System.out.println(bRank[ m ]);

Question by:cadrin16

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Lemme see if I can clarify for you.

It seems that the code you are given ranks both arrays for you based on the value in each array. As you can see, the data input file has four columns: the first column contains the values of array a, the second column contains the rank of each value, the third column contains the values of array b, and the last column contains the ranks of b.

From what I can tell, you are supposed to perform one binary search for every rank to determine the position of each value for both arrays. The rank is there to tell you in what order you are supposed to do each search. Hope this helps a bit.

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