# Javascript program to demonstrate working of an algorithm that finds an element in an array of infinite size

Suppose you have a sorted array of infinite numbers, how would you search an element in the array? Since array is sorted, the first thing clicks into mind is binary search, but the problem here is that we don’t know size of array.
If the array is infinite, that means we don’t have proper bounds to apply binary search. So in order to find position of key, first we find bounds and then apply binary search algorithm.
Let low be pointing to 1st element and high pointing to 2nd element of array, Now compare key with high index element,
->if it is greater than high index element then copy high index in low index and double the high index.
->if it is smaller, then apply binary search on high and low indices found.

Below are implementations of above algorithm

<script>

// JavaScript program to demonstrate working of an algorithm that finds

// an element in an array of infinite size

// Simple binary search algorithm

function binarySearch(arr, l, r, x)

{

if (r>=l)

{

let mid = l + Math.floor((r - l)/2);

if (arr[mid] == x)

return mid;

if (arr[mid] > x)

return binarySearch(arr, l, mid-1, x);

return binarySearch(arr, mid+1, r, x);

}

return -1;

}

// function takes an infinite size array and a key to be

// searched and returns its position if found else -1.

// We don't know size of arr[] and we can assume size to be

// infinite in this function.

// NOTE THAT THIS FUNCTION ASSUMES arr[] TO BE OF INFINITE SIZE

// THEREFORE, THERE IS NO INDEX OUT OF BOUND CHECKING

function findPos(arr, key)

{

let l = 0, h = 1;

let val = arr[0];

// Find h to do binary search

while (val < key)

{

l = h; // store previous high

h = 2*h; // double high index

val = arr[h]; // update new val

}

// at this point we have updated low and

// high indices, Thus use binary search

// between them

return binarySearch(arr, l, h, key);

}

// Driver program

let arr = [3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 90, 100, 130,

140, 160, 170];

let ans = findPos(arr, 10);

if (ans==-1)