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searching Locating information in a table or file by reference to a special field of each record, called the key. The goal of the search is to discover a record (if any) with a given key value. There are many different algorithms for searching, principally depending on the way in which the table or file is structured.

If a record is to be inserted in the file, and it is important to ensure that keys are unique, then a search is necessary: the insertion may take place as soon as the search has discovered that no existing record has the new key. Such an algorithm is known as a search and insertion algorithm.

See also table lookup, sequential search algorithm, binary search algorithm, breadth-first search, depth-first search, trie search, heuristic search.

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searching Behaviour by an animal which is directed towards the provision of some necessity (e.g. food, nesting material, or a mate) that has not yet been located.

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