Binary Search in Array

Problem #170

Tags: arrays classical web-related practical external-file

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Recently CodeAbbey got functionality to determine user's country by IP. Each IP is in its core a kind of imprecise internet address from which user's connection is coming to our server. All which is important to know - the IP could be represented as 32-bit integer (from 0 to 4294967295).

(please do not worry about privacy and conspiracy - you always can change the country to anything including unknown in your profile settings if you really want to)

This feature uses a list of IP-ranges, sorted in ascending order - and for each range of addresses some country is assigned. This originally looks as following:

range start     range end           country code
-------------   ---------------     ------------            US                AU                CN

...          AU          US

Here IP-s are given in special ip format with 4 numbers for each byte (consisting of 8 bits).

When we have some unknown IP, like (currently this is mine - and you can check yours with special tool) - we may use the following algorithm over this list:

For those curious such (not very precise) lists could be found on internet freely (while more exact ones are to be purchased, usually). I've downloaded one from

Problem Statement

You are given few thousands of IPs and you should return country codes for them. You will have only 1 minute to submit the answer, so probably it is better to use binary search rather than iterate through the list.

Download our IP to Country list here

You may click it with the right mouse button and choose "Save As". Note that the file has unix-style line ends, so some editors in windows could show it incorrectly, but you will anyway easily read separate lines programmatically.

The file has the slightly different format:

0 9zldr US
9zlds 73 AU
9zlkw lb CN


1q5gzcw 2db AU
1q5h1q8 8vn08v US

The integers of the first two columns are given in the numeral system with base 36 (just to make them shorter) - so that for example in Python you may use something like this to convert them to ints:

s = '9zlkw'
n = int(s, 36)

The first integer in the line is the range-start itself. The second is the offset of range-end:

range_end = range_start + offset

For example in the second line offset is 73 which, converted to decimal, gives 255 - and you can check above that this line really cares about IPs from to

Of course you may preprocess this file after downloading (for example, converting values to decimals if you like etc) - but it is not necessary.

Input data will provide the amount of IPs to be processed in the first line.
Next lines will contain single IP each, also in base-36.
Answer should give country codes for these IPs, as two-letter tokens separated by spaces.

You have only about 1 minute to submit answer. Before processing input please reload the page so that new set of data is generated and the timer is restarted.


input data:

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