# Count maximum points on same line

• Difficulty Level : Hard
• Last Updated : 01 Sep, 2021

Given N point on a 2D plane as pair of (x, y) co-ordinates, we need to find maximum number of point which lie on the same line.
Examples:

```Input : points[] = {-1, 1}, {0, 0}, {1, 1},
{2, 2}, {3, 3}, {3, 4}
Output : 4
Then maximum number of point which lie on same
line are 4, those point are {0, 0}, {1, 1}, {2, 2},
{3, 3}```

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We can solve above problem by following approach – For each point p, calculate its slope with other points and use a map to record how many points have same slope, by which we can find out how many points are on same line with p as their one point. For each point keep doing the same thing and update the maximum number of point count found so far.
Some things to note in implementation are:
1) if two point are (x1, y1) and (x2, y2) then their slope will be (y2 – y1) / (x2 – x1) which can be a double value and can cause precision problems. To get rid of the precision problems, we treat slope as pair ((y2 – y1), (x2 – x1)) instead of ratio and reduce pair by their gcd before inserting into map. In below code points which are vertical or repeated are treated separately.
2) If we use unordered_map in c++ or HashMap in Java for storing the slope pair, then total time complexity of solution will be O(n^2)

## C++

 `/* C/C++ program to find maximum number of point``which lie on same line */``#include ``#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;` `// method to find maximum collinear point``int` `maxPointOnSameLine(vector< pair<``int``, ``int``> > points)``{``    ``int` `N = points.size();``    ``if` `(N < 2)``        ``return` `N;` `    ``int` `maxPoint = 0;``    ``int` `curMax, overlapPoints, verticalPoints;` `    ``// here since we are using unordered_map``    ``// which is based on hash function``    ``//But by default we don't have hash function for pairs``    ``//so we'll use hash function defined in Boost library``    ``unordered_map, ``int``,boost::``              ``hash > > slopeMap;` `    ``// looping for each point``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++)``    ``{``        ``curMax = overlapPoints = verticalPoints = 0;` `        ``// looping from i + 1 to ignore same pair again``        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + 1; j < N; j++)``        ``{``            ``// If both point are equal then just``            ``// increase overlapPoint count``            ``if` `(points[i] == points[j])``                ``overlapPoints++;` `            ``// If x co-ordinate is same, then both``            ``// point are vertical to each other``            ``else` `if` `(points[i].first == points[j].first)``                ``verticalPoints++;` `            ``else``            ``{``                ``int` `yDif = points[j].second - points[i].second;``                ``int` `xDif = points[j].first - points[i].first;``                ``int` `g = __gcd(xDif, yDif);` `                ``// reducing the difference by their gcd``                ``yDif /= g;``                ``xDif /= g;` `                ``// increasing the frequency of current slope``                ``// in map``                ``slopeMap[make_pair(yDif, xDif)]++;``                ``curMax = max(curMax, slopeMap[make_pair(yDif, xDif)]);``            ``}` `            ``curMax = max(curMax, verticalPoints);``        ``}` `        ``// updating global maximum by current point's maximum``        ``maxPoint = max(maxPoint, curMax + overlapPoints + 1);` `        ``// printf("maximum collinear point``        ``// which contains current point``        ``// are : %d\n", curMax + overlapPoints + 1);``        ``slopeMap.clear();``    ``}` `    ``return` `maxPoint;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``const` `int` `N = 6;``    ``int` `arr[N] = {{-1, 1}, {0, 0}, {1, 1}, {2, 2},``                    ``{3, 3}, {3, 4}};` `    ``vector< pair<``int``, ``int``> > points;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++)``        ``points.push_back(make_pair(arr[i], arr[i]));` `    ``cout << maxPointOnSameLine(points) << endl;` `    ``return` `0;``}`

## Python3

 `def` `maxPoints(points):``        ``n``=``len``(points)` `        ``# upto two points all points will be part of the line``        ``if` `n<``3``:``            ``return` `n` `        ``max_val``=``0` `        ``# looping for each point``        ``for` `i ``in` `points:` `            ``# Creating a dictionary for every new``            ``# point to save memory``            ``d ``=` `{}``            ``dups ``=` `0``            ``cur_max ``=` `0` `            ``# pairing with all other points``            ``for` `j ``in` `points:``                ``if` `i!``=``j:``                    ``if` `j[``0``]``=``=``i[``0``]: ``#vertical line``                        ``slope``=``'inf'``                    ``else``:``                        ``slope``=``float``(j[``1``]``-``i[``1``])``/``float``(j[``0``]``-``i[``0``])` `                    ``# Increasing the frequency of slope and``                    ``# updating cur_max for current point(i)``                    ``d[slope] ``=` `d.get(slope,``0``)``+``1``                    ``cur_max``=``max``(cur_max, d[slope])` `                ``# if both points are equal same increase``                ``# duplicates count.``                ``# Please note that this will also increment``                ``# when we map it with itself.``                ``# we still do it because we will not have to``                ``# add the extra one at the end.``                ``else``:``                    ``dups``+``=``1` `            ``max_val``=``max``(max_val, cur_max``+``dups)` `        ``return` `max_val` `# Driver code``points ``=` `[(``-``1``, ``1``), (``0``, ``0``), (``1``, ``1``), (``2``, ``2``), (``3``, ``3``), (``3``, ``4``)]``print``(maxPoints(points))`

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