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# Find a range that covers all the elements of given N ranges

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 25 May, 2021

Given N ranges containing L and R. The task is to check or find the index(0-based) of the range which covers all the other given N-1 ranges. If there is no such range, print -1.
Note: All L and R points are distinct.
Examples:

Input: L[] = {1, 2}, R[] = {1, 2}
Output: -1
Input: L[] = {2, 4, 3, 1}, R[] = {4, 6, 7, 9}
Output:
Range at 3rd index i.e. 1 to 9 covers
all the elements of other N-1 ranges.

Approach: Since all L and R points are distinct, find the range with the smallest L point and the range with the largest R point, if both are in the same Range, it would mean that all other ranges lie within it, otherwise it is not possible.
Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ implementation of the above approach``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to check range``int` `findRange(``int` `n, ``int` `lf[], ``int` `rt[])``{` `    ``// Index of smallest L and largest R``    ``int` `mnlf = 0, mxrt = 0;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n; i++) {``        ``if` `(lf[i] < lf[mnlf])``            ``mnlf = i;``        ``if` `(rt[i] > rt[mxrt])``            ``mxrt = i;``    ``}` `    ``// If the same range has smallest L``    ``// and largest R``    ``if` `(mnlf == mxrt)``        ``return` `mnlf;``    ``else``        ``return` `-1;``}` `// Driver Code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `N = 4;``    ``int` `L[] = { 2, 4, 3, 1 };``    ``int` `R[] = { 4, 6, 7, 9 };` `    ``cout << findRange(N, L, R);` `    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java implementation of the above approach` `import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG {``// Function to check range``static` `int`  `findRange(``int` `n, ``int` `lf[], ``int` `rt[])``{` `    ``// Index of smallest L and largest R``    ``int` `mnlf = ``0``, mxrt = ``0``;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``1``; i < n; i++) {``        ``if` `(lf[i] < lf[mnlf])``            ``mnlf = i;``        ``if` `(rt[i] > rt[mxrt])``            ``mxrt = i;``    ``}` `    ``// If the same range has smallest L``    ``// and largest R``    ``if` `(mnlf == mxrt)``        ``return` `mnlf;``    ``else``        ``return` `-``1``;``}` `// Driver Code`  `    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args) {``            ``int` `N = ``4``;``    ``int``[] L = { ``2``, ``4``, ``3``, ``1` `};``    ``int` `[]R = { ``4``, ``6``, ``7``, ``9` `};` `    ``System.out.println( findRange(N, L, R));``    ``}``}``// This code is contributed by anuj_67..`

## Python3

 `# Python3 implementation of the``# above approach` `# Function to check range``def` `findRange(n, lf, rt):` `    ``# Index of smallest L and``    ``# largest R``    ``mnlf, mxrt ``=` `0``, ``0``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``1``, n):``        ``if` `lf[i] < lf[mnlf]:``            ``mnlf ``=` `i``        ``if` `rt[i] > rt[mxrt]:``            ``mxrt ``=` `i` `    ``# If the same range has smallest``    ``# L and largest R``    ``if` `mnlf ``=``=` `mxrt:``        ``return` `mnlf``    ``else``:``        ``return` `-``1` `# Driver Code``if` `__name__ ``=``=` `"__main__"``:` `    ``N ``=` `4``    ``L ``=` `[``2``, ``4``, ``3``, ``1``]``    ``R ``=` `[``4``, ``6``, ``7``, ``9``]` `    ``print``(findRange(N, L, R))` `# This code is contributed``# by Rituraj Jain`

## C#

 `// C# implementation of the``// above approach``using` `System;` `class` `GFG``{``// Function to check range``static` `int` `findRange(``int` `n, ``int` `[]lf,``                            ``int` `[]rt)``{` `    ``// Index of smallest L and largest R``    ``int` `mnlf = 0, mxrt = 0;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n; i++)``    ``{``        ``if` `(lf[i] < lf[mnlf])``            ``mnlf = i;``        ``if` `(rt[i] > rt[mxrt])``            ``mxrt = i;``    ``}` `    ``// If the same range has smallest L``    ``// and largest R``    ``if` `(mnlf == mxrt)``        ``return` `mnlf;``    ``else``        ``return` `-1;``}` `// Driver Code``public` `static` `void` `Main ()``{``    ``int` `N = 4;``    ``int``[] L = { 2, 4, 3, 1 };``    ``int` `[]R = { 4, 6, 7, 9 };``    ` `    ``Console.WriteLine(findRange(N, L, R));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by anuj_67..`

## PHP

 ` ``\$rt``[``\$mxrt``])``            ``\$mxrt` `= ``\$i``;``    ``}` `    ``// If the same range has smallest``    ``// L and largest R``    ``if` `(``\$mnlf` `== ``\$mxrt``)``        ``return` `\$mnlf``;``    ``else``        ``return` `-1;``}` `// Driver Code``\$N` `= 4;``\$L` `= ``array``( 2, 4, 3, 1 );``\$R` `= ``array``( 4, 6, 7, 9 );` `echo` `findRange(``\$N``, ``\$L``, ``\$R``);` `// This code is contributed``// by inder_verma``?>`

## Javascript

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Output:

`3`

Time Complexity: O(N)

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