Minimum sum by choosing minimum of pairs from array

Given an array A[] of n-elements. We need to select two adjacent elements and delete the larger of them and store smaller of them to another array say B[]. We need to perform this operation till array A[] contains only single element. Finally, we have to construct the array B[] in such a way that total sum of its element is minimum. Print the total sum of array B[].

Examples:

```Input : A[] = {3, 4}
Output : 3

Input : A[] = {2, 4, 1, 3}
Output : 3
```

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There is an easy trick to solve this question and that is always choose the smallest element of array A[] and its adjacent, delete the adjacent element and copy smallest one to array B[]. Again for next iteration we have same smallest element and any random adjacent element which is to be deleted. After n-1 operations all of elements of A[] got deleted except the smallest one and at the same time array B[] contains “n-1” elements and all are equal to smallest element of array A[].
Thus total sum of array B[] is equal to smallest * (n-1).

C++

```// CPP program to minimize the cost
// of array minimization
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;

// Returns minimum possible sum in
// array B[]
int minSum(int A[], int n)
{
int min_val = *min_element(A, A+n);
return (min_val * (n-1));
}

// driver function
int main()
{
int A[] = { 3, 6, 2, 8, 7, 5};
int n = sizeof(A)/ sizeof (A[0]);
cout << minSum(A, n);
return 0;
}
```

Python

```# Python code for minimum cost of
# array minimization

# Function defintion for minCost
def minSum(A):

# find the minimum element of A[]
min_val = min(A);

# return the answer
return min_val * (len(A)-1)

# driver code
A = [7, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
print (minSum(A))
```

Output:

```10
```

Time Complexity : O(n) in finding the smallest element of the array.

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