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Consider a sorted array of n numbers and a number x. What would be the time complexity of the best known algorithm to find a triplet with sum equal to x. For example, arr[] = {1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30}, x = 40. Then there is a triplet {5, 15, 20} with sum 40.
(A) O(n)
(B) O(n^2)

(C) O(n Log n)
(D) O(n^3)


Answer: (B)

Explanation: We need to fix every element one by one, then apply two pointer approach to find the pair with x minus the fixed element in remaining array after the fixed element. Please see method 2 of Find a triplet that sum to a given value

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