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Construct a unique matrix n x n for an input n
• Difficulty Level : Hard
• Last Updated : 21 Apr, 2021

Given an odd integer n, find a matrix of size n x n with following conditions:

1. Each cell contains an integer from 1 and n (inclusive).
2. No integer appears twice in the same row or the same column.
3. All 1’s must be at every possible distance from the center of the matrix. The center of a n x n square is cell ((n-1)/2, (n-1)/2) for odd n.

Example :

```Input  : n = 1
Output : 1

Input : n = 3
Output: 3 2 1
1 3 2
2 1 3

Input : n = 5
Output : 5 3 2 4 1
1 4 3 5 2
2 5 4 1 3
3 1 5 2 4
4 2 1 3 5
```

The idea is to first decide positions of 1s. Once possible arrangement of 1s for n = 5 is,

```_ _ _ _ 1
1 _ _ _ _
_ _ _ 1 _
_ 1 _ _ _
_ _ 1 _ _ ```

Once we have decided 1s, task of filling remaining items is simple. We fill remaining entries column by column. For every 1, we traverse its column and fill all entries below it with 2, 3,…p and fill all entries above it with p+1, .. n. We get following.

```5 3 2 4 1
1 4 3 5 2
2 5 4 1 3
3 1 5 2 4
4 2 1 3 5 ```

To decide initial positions of 1s, we traverse all rows and keep track of two column numbers “left” and “right”.
1) “right” starts with n-1 and keep decrementing after every alternate row.
2) “left” starts with 0 and keep incrementing after every alternate row.
Below are implementations of above idea.

## C++

 `// C++ program to construct an n x n``// matrix such that every row and every``// column has distinct values.``#include ``#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;` `const` `int` `MAX = 100;``int` `mat[MAX][MAX];` `// Fills non-one entries in column j``// Given that there is a "1" at``// position mat[i][j], this function``// fills other entries of column j.``void` `fillRemaining(``int` `i, ``int` `j, ``int` `n)``{``    ``// Initialize value to be filled``    ``int` `x = 2;` `    ``// Fill all values below i as 2, 3, ...p``    ``for` `(``int` `k = i + 1; k < n; k++)``        ``mat[k][j] = x++;` `    ``// Fill all values above i``    ``// as p + 1, p + 2, .. n``    ``for` `(``int` `k = 0; k < i; k++)``        ``mat[k][j] = x++;``}` `// Fills entries in mat[][]``// with the given set of rules``void` `constructMatrix(``int` `n)``{``    ``// Alternatively fill 1s starting from``    ``// rightmost and leftmost columns. For``    ``// example for n = 3, we get { {_ _ 1},``    ``// {1 _ _} {_ 1 _}}``    ``int` `right = n - 1, left = 0;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)``    ``{``        ``// If i is even, then fill ``        ``// next column from right``        ``if` `(i % 2 == 0)``        ``{``            ``mat[i][right] = 1;` `            ``// After filling 1, fill remaining``            ``// entries of column "right"``            ``fillRemaining(i, right, n);` `            ``// Move right one column back``            ``right--;``        ``}``        ` `        ``// Fill next column from left``        ``else``        ``{``            ``mat[i][left] = 1;` `            ``// After filling 1, fill remaining``            ``// entries of column "left"``            ``fillRemaining(i, left, n);` `            ``// Move left one column forward``            ``left++;``        ``}``    ``}``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `n = 5;` `    ``// Passing n to constructMatrix function``    ``constructMatrix(n);` `    ``// Printing the desired unique matrix``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)``    ``{``        ``for` `(``int` `j = 0; j < n; j++)``            ``printf``(``"%d "``,mat[i][j]);``        ``printf` `(``"\n"``);``    ``}``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to construct an n x n``// matrix such that every row and every``// column has distinct values.``class` `GFG``{``    ` `    ``static` `final` `int` `MAX = ``100``;``    ``static` `int``[][] mat = ``new` `int``[MAX][MAX];``    ` `    ``// Fills non-one entries in column j``    ``// Given that there is a "1" at``    ``// position mat[i][j], this function``    ``// fills other entries of column j.``    ``static` `void` `fillRemaining(``int` `i, ``int` `j, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``// Initialize value to be filled``        ``int` `x = ``2``;``    ` `        ``// Fill all values below i as 2, 3, ...p``        ``for` `(``int` `k = i + ``1``; k < n; k++)``            ``mat[k][j] = x++;``    ` `        ``// Fill all values above i``        ``// as p + 1, p + 2, .. n``        ``for` `(``int` `k = ``0``; k < i; k++)``            ``mat[k][j] = x++;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Fills entries in mat[][]``    ``// with the given set of rules``    ``static` `void` `constructMatrix(``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``// Alternatively fill 1s starting from``        ``// rightmost and leftmost columns. For``        ``// example for n = 3, we get { {_ _ 1},``        ``// {1 _ _} {_ 1 _}}``        ``int` `right = n - ``1``, left = ``0``;``        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``// If i is even, then fill``            ``//  next column from right``            ``if` `(i % ``2` `== ``0``)``            ``{``                ``mat[i][right] = ``1``;``    ` `                ``// After filling 1, fill remaining``                ``// entries of column "right"``                ``fillRemaining(i, right, n);``    ` `                ``// Move right one column back``                ``right--;``            ``}``            ` `            ``// Fill next column from left``            ``else``            ``{``                ``mat[i][left] = ``1``;``    ` `                ``// After filling 1, fill remaining``                ``// entries of column "left"``                ``fillRemaining(i, left, n);``    ` `                ``// Move left one column forward``                ``left++;``            ``}``        ``}``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver Code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])``    ``{``        ``int` `n = ``5``;``    ` `        ``// Passing n to constructMatrix function``        ``constructMatrix(n);``    ` `        ``// Printing the desired unique matrix``        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``for` `(``int` `j = ``0` `; j < n; j++)``            ``System.out.print(mat[i][j]+``" "``);``            ``System.out.println();``        ``}``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Sumit Ghosh`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to construct an n x n``# matrix such that every row and every``# column has distinct values.` `MAX` `=` `100``;``mat ``=` `[[``0` `for` `x ``in` `range``(``MAX``)] ``for` `y ``in` `range``(``MAX``)];` `# Fills non-one entries in column j``# Given that there is a "1" at``# position mat[i][j], this function``# fills other entries of column j.``def` `fillRemaining(i, j, n):` `    ``# Initialize value to be filled``    ``x ``=` `2``;` `    ``# Fill all values below i as 2, 3, ...p``    ``for` `k ``in` `range``(i ``+` `1``,n):``        ``mat[k][j] ``=` `x;``        ``x``+``=``1``;` `    ``# Fill all values above i``    ``# as p + 1, p + 2, .. n``    ``for` `k ``in` `range``(i):``        ``mat[k][j] ``=` `x;``        ``x``+``=``1``;` `# Fills entries in mat[][]``# with the given set of rules``def` `constructMatrix(n):` `    ``# Alternatively fill 1s starting from``    ``# rightmost and leftmost columns. For``    ``# example for n = 3, we get { {_ _ 1},``    ``# {1 _ _} {_ 1 _}}``    ``right ``=` `n ``-` `1``;``    ``left ``=` `0``;``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(n):``        ``# If i is even, then fill``        ``# next column from right``        ``if` `(i ``%` `2` `=``=` `0``):``            ``mat[i][right] ``=` `1``;` `            ``# After filling 1, fill remaining``            ``# entries of column "right"``            ``fillRemaining(i, right, n);` `            ``# Move right one column back``            ``right``-``=``1``;``        ` `        ``# Fill next column from left``        ``else``:``            ``mat[i][left] ``=` `1``;` `            ``# After filling 1, fill remaining``            ``# entries of column "left"``            ``fillRemaining(i, left, n);` `            ``# Move left one column forward``            ``left``+``=``1``;` `# Driver code``n ``=` `5``;` `# Passing n to constructMatrix function``constructMatrix(n);` `# Printing the desired unique matrix``for` `i ``in` `range``(n):``    ``for` `j ``in` `range``(n):``        ``print``(mat[i][j],end``=``" "``);``    ``print``("");``    ` `# This code is contributed by mits`

## C#

 `// C# program to construct an n x n``// matrix such that every row and``// every column has distinct values.``using` `System;` `class` `GFG``{``    ` `    ``static` `int` `MAX = 100;``    ``static` `int` `[,]mat = ``new` `int``[MAX, MAX];``    ` `    ``// Fills non-one entries in column j``    ``// Given that there is a "1" at``    ``// position mat[i][j], this function``    ``// fills other entries of column j.``    ``static` `void` `fillRemaining(``int` `i, ``int` `j, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``// Initialize value to be filled``        ``int` `x = 2;``    ` `        ``// Fill all values below i as 2, 3, ...p``        ``for` `(``int` `k = i + 1; k < n; k++)``            ``mat[k, j] = x++;``    ` `        ``// Fill all values above i``        ``// as p + 1, p + 2, .. n``        ``for` `(``int` `k = 0; k < i; k++)``            ``mat[k, j] = x++;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Fills entries in mat[][]``    ``// with the given set of rules``    ``static` `void` `constructMatrix(``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``// Alternatively fill 1s starting from``        ``// rightmost and leftmost columns. For``        ``// example for n = 3, we get { {_ _ 1},``        ``// {1 _ _} {_ 1 _}}``        ``int` `right = n - 1, left = 0;``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``// If i is even, then fill``            ``// next column from right``            ``if` `(i % 2 == 0)``            ``{``                ``mat[i, right] = 1;``    ` `                ``// After filling 1, fill remaining``                ``// entries of column "right"``                ``fillRemaining(i, right, n);``    ` `                ``// Move right one column back``                ``right--;``            ``}``            ` `            ``// Fill next column from left``            ``else``            ``{``                ``mat[i, left] = 1;``    ` `                ``// After filling 1, fill remaining``                ``// entries of column "left"``                ``fillRemaining(i, left, n);``    ` `                ``// Move left one column forward``                ``left++;``            ``}``        ``}``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver Code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``int` `n = 5;``    ` `        ``// Passing n to constructMatrix function``        ``constructMatrix(n);``    ` `        ``// Printing the desired unique matrix``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``for` `(``int` `j = 0 ; j < n; j++)``            ``Console.Write(mat[i, j]+``" "``);``            ``Console.WriteLine();``        ``}``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by nitin mittal`

## Javascript

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Output :

```5 3 2 4 1
1 4 3 5 2
2 5 4 1 3
3 1 5 2 4
4 2 1 3 5 ```

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