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Algorithms | Bit Algorithms | Question 1
  • Last Updated : 27 Aug, 2013

What is the return value of following function for arr[] = {9, 12, 2, 11, 2, 2, 10, 9, 12, 10, 9, 11, 2} and n is size of this array.




int fun(int arr[], int n)
{
    int x = arr[0];
    for (int i = 1; i < n; i++)
        x = x ^ arr[i];
    return x;
}

(A) 0
(B) 9
(C) 12
(D) 2


Answer: (B)

Explanation: Note that 9 is the only element with odd occurrences, all other elements have even occurrences.

If the input array has all elements with even occurrences except one, then the function returns the only element with odd occurrences. Note that XORing an element with itself results 0 and XOR of 0 with a number x is equal to x.

Try following complete program.

# include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int fun(int arr[], int n)
{
    int x = arr[0];
    for (int i = 1; i < n; i++)
        x = x ^ arr[i];
    return x;
}

int main()
{
  int arr[] = {9, 12, 2, 11, 10, 9, 12, 10, 9, 11, 2};
  int n = sizeof(arr)/sizeof(arr[0]);
  cout << fun(arr, n) << endl;
  return 0;
}


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