sequential search

sequential search

[si′kwen·chəl ′sərch]
(computer science)
A procedure for searching a table that consists of starting at some table position (usually the beginning) and comparing the file-record key in hand with each table-record key, one at a time, until either a match is found or all sequential positions have been searched.

sequential search

A search for data that compares each item in a list or each record in a file, one after the other. Contrast with direct search and indexed search.
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There are four reasonable, simple search models to consider, all based on doing a binary search on C and a sequential search on P.
Several comparative studies related to discrete parameters optimization have been discussed in former research: genetic algorithm, particle swarm, and sequential search methods.
The aim of this paper is to develop a strategy of the cold start for a simple GPS receiver that uses a sequential search of the satellite signal [8-10].
We are also searching houses and vehicles with each receiving its own sequential search sector.
By far the best resource in this part is "Researching the Design." Students are invited to make informed conclusions based not on impulse, but rather on an organized, sequential search for primary, secondary, and tertiary sources which can impact the design process.
We assume that the buyer engages in optimal sequential search. That is, in her decision to search the second seller, the buyer weighs the expected benefit against the cost of additional search.
Like B+ tree all the key values appear in ascending order of their values in the leaf nodes and are connected to promote sequential search. But unlike B+ tree in SD-tree each value is followed by a signature node instead of data pointer.
A sequential search on titles such as Parish of Wentworth will reveal parishes of this name in the counties of Brisbane, Narromine, Sandon, and Wentworth.
The DSA reduced the number of simulations to 15-25% of the simulations needed for the sequential search.
Wright and Loberg (1987) show, in a straight sequential search model, that raising upper tax brackets can decrease the unemployment of lower-wage workers but raise it for upper wage workers.
Consumers compare prices after collecting information from a chosen number of firms under nonsequential search, while they immediately compare prices whenever new information is obtained under sequential search. Following Burdett and Judd (1983) and Berger et al.
Our technique is not only useful to speed up sequential search. It can also be used to improve indexed schemes that combine inverted files and sequential search, like Glimpse [Manber and Wu 1993].

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