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C++ Program for Given a sorted and rotated array, find if there is a pair with a given sum

  • Last Updated : 27 Dec, 2021

Given an array that is sorted and then rotated around an unknown point. Find if the array has a pair with a given sum ‘x’. It may be assumed that all elements in the array are distinct.

Examples : 

Input: arr[] = {11, 15, 6, 8, 9, 10}, x = 16
Output: true
There is a pair (6, 10) with sum 16

Input: arr[] = {11, 15, 26, 38, 9, 10}, x = 35
Output: true
There is a pair (26, 9) with sum 35

Input: arr[] = {11, 15, 26, 38, 9, 10}, x = 45
Output: false
There is no pair with sum 45.

We have discussed a O(n) solution for a sorted array (See steps 2, 3 and 4 of Method 1). We can extend this solution for rotated array as well. The idea is to first find the largest element in array which is the pivot point also and the element just after largest is the smallest element. Once we have indexes largest and smallest elements, we use similar meet in middle algorithm (as discussed here in method 1) to find if there is a pair. The only thing new here is indexes are incremented and decremented in rotational manner using modular arithmetic.

Following is the implementation of above idea.  

Output : 

Array has two elements with sum 16

The time complexity of the above solution is O(n). The step to find the pivot can be optimized to O(Logn) using the Binary Search approach discussed here.

How to count all pairs having sum x? 
The stepwise algo is:  

  1. Find the pivot element of the sorted and the rotated array. The pivot element is the largest element in the array. The smallest element will be adjacent to it.
  2. Use two pointers (say left and right) with the left pointer pointing to the smallest element and the right pointer pointing to largest element.
  3. Find the sum of the elements pointed by both the pointers.
  4. If the sum is equal to x, then increment the count. If the sum is less than x, then to increase sum move the left pointer to next position by incrementing it in a rotational manner. If the sum is greater than x, then to decrease sum move the right pointer to next position by decrementing it in rotational manner.
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 until the left pointer is not equal to the right pointer or until the left pointer is not equal to right pointer – 1.
  6. Print final count.

Below is implementation of above algorithm: 


// C++ program to find number of pairs with 
// a given sum in a sorted and rotated array.
using namespace std;
// This function returns count of number of pairs
// with sum equals to x.
int pairsInSortedRotated(int arr[], int n, int x)
    // Find the pivot element. Pivot element
    // is largest element of array.
    int i;
    for (i = 0; i < n-1; i++)
        if (arr[i] > arr[i+1])
    // l is index of smallest element.
    int l = (i + 1) % n; 
    // r is index of largest element.
    int r = i;
    // Variable to store count of number
    // of pairs.
    int cnt = 0;
    // Find sum of pair formed by arr[l] and
    // and arr[r] and update l, r and cnt 
    // accordingly.
    while (l != r)
        // If we find a pair with sum x, then 
        // increment cnt, move l and r to 
        // next element.
        if (arr[l] + arr[r] == x){
            // This condition is required to 
            // be checked, otherwise l and r
            // will cross each other and loop
            // will never terminate.
            if(l == (r - 1 + n) % n){
                return cnt;
            l = (l + 1) % n;
            r = (r - 1 + n) % n;
        // If current pair sum is less, move to 
        // the higher sum side.
        else if (arr[l] + arr[r] < x)
            l = (l + 1) % n;
        // If current pair sum is greater, move 
        // to the lower sum side.
            r = (n + r - 1)%n;
    return cnt;
/* Driver program to test above function */
int main()
    int arr[] = {11, 15, 6, 7, 9, 10};
    int sum = 16;
    int n = sizeof(arr)/sizeof(arr[0]);
    cout << pairsInSortedRotated(arr, n, sum);
    return 0;



Time Complexity: O(n) 
Auxiliary Space: O(1) 
This method is suggested by Nikhil Jindal.

1) Extend the above solution to work for arrays with duplicates allowed.
This article is contributed by Himanshu Gupta. Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above

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