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# Find the repeating element in an Array of size N consisting of first M natural numbers

• Last Updated : 23 Jul, 2021

Given an array arr[] of size N, which contains a permutation of numbers from 1 to M, as well as an element that is repeated(one or more times), the task is to find the repeating element.

Examples:

Input: arr[]={2, 6, 4, 3, 1, 5, 2}, N=7
Output:
2
Explanation: In arr[], all elements from 0 to 6 occurs once, except 2 which is repeated once.

Input: arr[]={2, 1, 3, 1, 1, 1}, N=6
Output:
1

Naive Approach: The naive approach would be to sort the array and check for adjacent elements that are equal.

Time Complexity: O(NlogN)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

Approach: Follow the steps below to solve the problem:

1. Initialize two variables M and sum to store the maximum element and the sum of the array respectively.
2. Traverse array arr and do the following:
1. Add the current element to sum
2. Compare the current element to M to calculate the maximum element.
3. Store the sum of permutation from 1 to M in a variable say, sum1, using the formula:
`Sum of elements from 1 to X= X*(X+1)/2`
1. Calculate the answer as the difference between sum and sum1 divided by the number of extra characters i.e. (sum-sum1)/(N-M).

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ program for the above approach``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to calculate the repeating character in a given``// permutation``int` `repeatingElement(``int` `arr[], ``int` `N)``{``    ``// variables to store maximum element and sum of the``    ``// array respectively.``    ``int` `M = 0, sum = 0;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++) {` `        ``// calculate sum of array``        ``sum += arr[i];` `        ``// calculate maximum element in the array``        ``M = max(M, arr[i]);``    ``}` `    ``// calculating sum of permutation``    ``int` `sum1 = M * (M + 1) / 2;` `    ``// calculate required answer``    ``int` `ans = (sum - sum1) / (N - M);``    ``return` `ans;``}``// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``// Input``    ``int` `arr[] = { 2, 6, 4, 3, 1, 5, 2 };``    ``int` `N = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr);` `    ``// Function call``    ``cout << repeatingElement(arr, N) << endl;``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java Program for the above approach``import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG``{``  ` `  ``// Function to calculate the repeating character in a given``  ``// permutation``  ``public` `static` `int` `repeatingElement(``int` `arr[], ``int` `N)``  ``{``    ` `    ``// variables to store maximum element and sum of the``    ``// array respectively.``    ``int` `M = ``0``, sum = ``0``;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < N; i++) {` `      ``// calculate sum of array``      ``sum += arr[i];` `      ``// calculate maximum element in the array``      ``M = Math.max(M, arr[i]);``    ``}` `    ``// calculating sum of permutation``    ``int` `sum1 = M * (M + ``1``) / ``2``;` `    ``// calculate required answer``    ``int` `ans = (sum - sum1) / (N - M);``    ``return` `ans;``  ``}` `  ``// Driver code``  ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args)``  ``{``    ` `    ``// Input``    ``int` `arr[] = { ``2``, ``6``, ``4``, ``3``, ``1``, ``5``, ``2` `};``    ``int` `N = arr.length;` `    ``// Function call``    ``System.out.println(repeatingElement(arr, N));``  ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by lokeshpotta20`

## Python3

 `# Python 3 program for the above approach` `# Function to calculate the repeating character in a given``# permutation``def` `repeatingElement(arr, N):``  ` `    ``# variables to store maximum element and sum of the``    ``# array respectively.``    ``M ``=` `0``    ``sum` `=` `0``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(N):``      ` `        ``# calculate sum of array``        ``sum` `+``=` `arr[i]` `        ``# calculate maximum element in the array``        ``M ``=` `max``(M, arr[i])` `    ``# calculating sum of permutation``    ``sum1 ``=` `M ``*` `(M ``+` `1``) ``/``/` `2` `    ``# calculate required answer``    ``ans ``=` `(``sum` `-` `sum1) ``/``/` `(N ``-` `M)``    ``return` `ans` `# Driver code``if` `__name__ ``=``=` `'__main__'``:``  ` `    ``# Input``    ``arr ``=` `[``2``, ``6``, ``4``, ``3``, ``1``, ``5``, ``2``]``    ``N ``=` `len``(arr)` `    ``# Function call``    ``print``(repeatingElement(arr, N))``    ` `    ``# This code is contributed by SURENDRA_GANGWAR.`

## C#

 `// C++ program for the above approach``using` `System;` `// Function to calculate the repeating character in a given``// permutation``public` `class` `GFG``{``    ``public` `static` `int` `repeatingElement(``int``[] arr, ``int` `N)``    ``{``      ` `        ``// variables to store maximum element and sum of the``        ``// array respectively.``        ``int` `M = 0, sum = 0;``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++) {` `            ``// calculate sum of array``            ``sum += arr[i];` `            ``// calculate maximum element in the array``            ``M = Math.Max(M, arr[i]);``        ``}` `        ``// calculating sum of permutation``        ``int` `sum1 = M * (M + 1) / 2;` `        ``// calculate required answer``        ``int` `ans = (sum - sum1) / (N - M);``        ``return` `ans;``    ``}``  ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``// Input``        ``int``[] arr = { 2, 6, 4, 3, 1, 5, 2 };``        ``int` `N = 7;` `        ``// Function call``        ``Console.WriteLine(repeatingElement(arr, N));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Sohom Das`

## Javascript

 `// JavaScript program for the above approach` `        ``// Function to calculate the repeating character in a given``        ``// permutation``        ``function` `repeatingElement(arr, N)``        ``{``        ` `            ``// variables to store maximum element and sum of the``            ``// array respectively.``            ``let M = 0, sum = 0;``            ``for` `(let i = 0; i < N; i++) {` `                ``// calculate sum of array``                ``sum += arr[i];` `                ``// calculate maximum element in the array``                ``M = Math.max(M, arr[i]);``            ``}` `            ``// calculating sum of permutation``            ``let sum1 = parseInt(M * (M + 1) / 2);` `            ``// calculate required answer``            ``let ans = parseInt((sum - sum1) / (N - M));``            ``return` `ans;``        ``}``        ``// Driver code` `        ``// Input``        ``let arr = [2, 6, 4, 3, 1, 5, 2];``        ``let N = arr.length;` `        ``// Function call``        ``document.write(repeatingElement(arr, N));` `  ``// This code is contributed by Potta Lokesh``    ```

Output
`2`

Time Complexity: O(N)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

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