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Count pairs in a sorted array whose sum is less than x
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 30 May, 2018

Given a sorted integer array and number x, the task is to count pairs in array whose sum is less than x.

Examples:

Input  : arr[] = {1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11}
         x = 7
Output : 1
There is only one pair (1, 3)

Input  : arr[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}
         x = 7
Output : 6
Pairs are (1, 2), (1, 3), (1, 4), (1, 5)
          (2, 3) and (2, 4)  

A simple solution of this problem run two loops to generate all pairs and one by one and check if current pair’s sum is less than x or not.

An Efficient solution of this problem is take initial and last value of index in l and r variable.



1) Initialize two variables l and r to find the candidate 
   elements in the sorted array.
       (a) l = 0
       (b) r = n - 1
2) Initialize : result = 0
2) Loop while l < r.

    // If current left and current
    // right have sum smaller than x,
    // the all elements from l+1 to r
    // form a pair with current
    (a) If (arr[l] + arr[r] < x)  
          result = result + (r - l)      
   
    (b) Else
            r--;
       
3) Return result

Below is the implementation of above steps.

C++




// C++ program to count pairs in an array
// whose sum is less than given number x
#include<bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Function to count pairs in array
// with sum less than x.
int findPairs(int arr[],int n,int x)
{
    int l = 0, r = n-1;
    int result = 0;
  
    while (l < r)
    {
        // If current left and current
        // right have sum smaller than x,
        // the all elements from l+1 to r
        // form a pair with current l.
        if (arr[l] + arr[r] < x)
        {
            result += (r - l);
            l++;
        }
  
        // Move to smaller value
        else
            r--;
    }
  
    return result;
}
  
// Driven code
int main()
{
    int arr[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8};
    int n = sizeof(arr)/sizeof(int);
    int x = 7;
    cout << findPairs(arr, n, x);
    return 0;
}


Java




// Java program to count pairs in an array
// whose sum is less than given number x
class GFG {
      
    // Function to count pairs in array
    // with sum less than x.
    static int findPairs(int arr[], int n, int x)
    {
          
        int l = 0, r = n - 1;
        int result = 0;
      
        while (l < r)
        {
              
            // If current left and current
            // right have sum smaller than x,
            // the all elements from l+1 to r
            // form a pair with current l.
            if (arr[l] + arr[r] < x)
            {
                result += (r - l);
                l++;
            }
      
            // Move to smaller value
            else
                r--;
        }
      
        return result;
    }
      
    // Driver method
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
          
        int arr[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8};
        int n = arr.length;
        int x = 7;
          
        System.out.print(findPairs(arr, n, x));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by Anant Agarwal.


Python3




# Python3 program to count pairs
# in an array whose sum is less
# than given number x
  
# Function to count pairs in array
# with sum less than x.
def findPairs(arr, n, x):
  
    l = 0; r = n-1
    result = 0
  
    while (l < r):
      
        # If current left and current
        # right have sum smaller than x,
        # the all elements from l+1 to r
        # form a pair with current l.
        if (arr[l] + arr[r] < x):
          
            result += (r - l)
            l += 1
          
  
        # Move to smaller value
        else:
            r -= 1
  
    return result
      
# Driver Code
arr = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
n = len(arr)
x = 7
print(findPairs(arr, n, x))
  
# This code is contributed by Anant Agarwal.


C#




// C# program to count pairs in 
// an array whose sum is less
// than given number x
using System;
  
class GFG {
      
    // Function to count pairs in array
    // with sum less than x.
    static int findPairs(int []arr, int n,
                         int x)
    {
          
        int l = 0, r = n - 1;
        int result = 0;
      
        while (l < r)
        {
              
            // If current left and current
            // right have sum smaller than x,
            // the all elements from l+1 to r
            // form a pair with current l.
            if (arr[l] + arr[r] < x)
            {
                result += (r - l);
                l++;
            }
      
            // Move to smaller value
            else
                r--;
        }
      
        return result;
    }
      
    // Driver code
    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
          
        int []arr = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8};
        int n = arr.Length;
        int x = 7;
          
        Console.Write(findPairs(arr, n, x));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by parashar...


PHP




<?php
// PHP program to count pairs in an array
// whose sum is less than given number x
  
// Function to count pairs in array
// with sum less than x.
function findPairs($arr,$n,$x)
{
    $l = 0; 
    $r = $n - 1;
    $result = 0;
  
    while ($l < $r)
    {
          
        // If current left and current
        // right have sum smaller than x,
        // the all elements from l+1 to r
        // form a pair with current l.
        if ($arr[$l] + $arr[$r] < $x)
        {
            $result += ($r - $l);
            $l++;
        }
  
        // Move to smaller value
        else
            $r--;
    }
  
    return $result;
}
  
    // Driver Code
    $arr = array(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8);
    $n = sizeof($arr) / sizeof($arr[0]);
    $x = 7;
    echo findPairs($arr, $n, $x);
    return 0;
  
// This code is contributed by nitin mittal.
?>



Output:

6

Time complexity : O(n)
Space complexity : O(1)

Extension:
If array is unsorted, then we can sort the array first and then apply above method to solve in O(n Log n) time.

Related Articles:
Count all distinct pairs with difference equal to k
Count pairs with given sum

Reference: https://www.quora.com/Given-a-sorted-integer-array-and-number-z-count-all-pairs-x-y-in-the-array-so-that-x-+-y-z-Can-it-be-done-in-O-n

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