# Find the element having different frequency than other array elements

• Last Updated : 04 May, 2020

Given an array of N integers. Each element in the array occurs same number of times except one element. The task is to find this element.

Examples:

```Input : arr[] = {1, 1, 2, 2, 3}
Output : 3

Input : arr[] = {0, 1, 2, 4, 4}
Output : 4
```

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The idea is to use a hash table freq to store the frequencies of given elements. Once we have frequencies in the hash table, we can traverse the table to find the only value which is different from others.

Below is the implementation of the above idea :

## C++

 `// C++ program to find the element having``// different frequency than other array``// elements having same frequency``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;`` ` `// Function to find the element having``// different frequency from other array``// elements with same frequency``int` `findElement(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``// Store frequencies of elements``    ``unordered_map<``int``, ``int``> freq;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++) {`` ` `        ``// increase the value by 1 for every``        ``// time the element occurs in an array``        ``freq[arr[i]]++;``    ``}`` ` `    ``// Below code is used find the only different``    ``// value in freq. ``    ``auto` `it = freq.begin();``    ``int` `fst_fre = it->second, fst_ele = it->first;``    ``if` `(freq.size() <= 2)``        ``return` `fst_fre;``    ``it++;``    ``int` `sec_fre = it->second, sec_ele = it->first;``    ``it++;``    ``int` `trd_fre = it->second, trd_ele = it->first;``    ``if` `(sec_fre == fst_fre && sec_fre != trd_fre)``        ``return` `trd_ele;``    ``if` `(sec_fre == trd_fre && sec_fre != fst_fre)``        ``return` `fst_ele;``    ``if` `(fst_fre == trd_fre && sec_fre != fst_fre)``        ``return` `sec_ele;`` ` `    ``// We reach here when first three frequencies are same``    ``it++;``    ``for` `(; it != freq.end(); it++) {``        ``if` `(it->second != fst_fre)``            ``return` `it->first;``    ``}`` ` `    ``return` `-1;``}`` ` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = { 0, 1, 2, 4, 4 };``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr);``    ``cout << findElement(arr, n) << endl;``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Python3

 `# Python program to find the element having ``# different frequency than other array ``# elements having same frequency `` ` `# Function for above implementation``def` `findElement(arr, n) :``     ` `    ``# Empty dictionary to hold the values``    ``freq ``=` `{}``     ` `    ``# Initialization of frequencies of each ``    ``# element to 0``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``0``, n) :``         ` `        ``freq[arr[i]] ``=` `0``         ` `    ``# Count of frequencies of elements``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``0``, n) :``         ` `        ``freq[arr[i]] ``=` `freq[arr[i]] ``+` `1``      ` `    ``# Storing the first value of dictionary``    ``trd_ele ``=` `freq[``0``]``     ` `    ``# Variable to hold the final result``    ``position ``=` `-``1``     ` `    ``# Following loop iterates through the dictionary``    ``# and checks if frequencies are different ``    ``# from the frequency of the first element``    ``for` `i ``in` `freq :``         ` `        ``flag ``=` `freq[i]``         ` `        ``if` `trd_ele !``=` `flag :``             ` `            ``# Difference has been detected``            ``position ``=` `i``            ``break``             ` `    ``# Following lines of code checks if the first``    ``# element is itself the required anomaly by ``    ``# comparing the frequencies of first 3 elements``    ``fst_ele ``=` `freq[``1``]``    ``sec_ele ``=` `freq[``2``]``     ` `    ``if` `trd_ele !``=` `fst_ele :``         ` `        ``if` `trd_ele !``=` `sec_ele :``             ` `            ``for` `i ``in` `freq :``                 ` `                ``# First element is the desired result``                ``position ``=` `i``                ``break``     ` `    ``# Final result is returned``    ``return` `position``     ` ` ` `# Driver code``arr ``=` `[ ``0``, ``1``, ``2``, ``4``, ``4` `]``# Variable to store length of array``n ``=` `len``(arr)``print` `(findElement(arr, n))`` ` `# This code is contributed by Pratik Basu `

Output:

```4
```

Time Complexity : O(n)
Auxiliary Space : O(n)

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