## Question

Given an `n x m`

array where all rows and columns are in sorted order, write a function to determine whether the array contains an element `x`

.

eg.

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contains([1, 2, 3, 4] [5, 6, 7, 8] [9, 10, 11, 12]) = True |

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## Solution

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Here is the source code for the solution shown in the video:

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public boolean contains(int[][] arr, int x) { if (arr.length == 0 || arr[0].length == 0) return false; int row = 0; int col = arr.length - 1; while (row < arr[0].length && col >= 0) { if (arr[row][col] == x) return true; if (arr[row][col] < x) row++; else col--; } return false; } |

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