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Maximize array sum after K negations | Set 2
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 05 Apr, 2020

Given an array of size n and a number k. We must modify array K number of times. Here modify array means in each operation we can replace any array element arr[i] by -arr[i]. We need to perform this operation in such a way that after K operations, sum of array must be maximum?


Input : arr[] = {-2, 0, 5, -1, 2} 
        K = 4
Output: 10
// Replace (-2) by -(-2), array becomes {2, 0, 5, -1, 2}
// Replace (-1) by -(-1), array becomes {2, 0, 5, 1, 2}
// Replace (0) by -(0), array becomes {2, 0, 5, 1, 2}
// Replace (0) by -(0), array becomes {2, 0, 5, 1, 2}

Input : arr[] = {9, 8, 8, 5} 
        K = 3
Output: 20

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We have discussed a O(nk) solution in below post.

Maximize array sum after K negations | Set 1

The idea used in above post is to replace the minimum element arr[i] in array by -arr[i] for current operation. In this way we can make sum of array maximum after K operations. Once interesting case is, once minimum element becomes 0, we don’t need to make any more changes.

The implementation used in above solution uses linear search to find minimum element. The time complexity of the above discussed solution is O(nk)

In this post an optimized solution is implemented that uses a priority queue (or binary heap) to find minimum element quickly.

Below is Java implementation of the idea. It uses PriorityQueue class in Java.

// A PriorityQueue based Java program to maximize array
// sum after k negations.
import java.util.*;
class maximizeSum
    public static int maxSum(int[] a, int k)
        // Create a priority queue and insert all array elements
        // int
        PriorityQueue<Integer> pq = new PriorityQueue<>();
        for (int x : a)
        // Do k negations by removing a minimum element k times
        while (k-- > 0)
            // Retrieve and remove min element
            int temp = pq.poll();
            // Modify the minimum element and add back
            // to priority queue
            temp *= -1;
        // Compute sum of all elements in priority queue.
        int sum = 0;
        for (int x : pq)
            sum += x;
        return sum;
    // Driver code
    public static void main (String[] args)
        int[] arr = {-2, 0, 5, -1, 2};
        int k = 4;
        System.out.println(maxSum(arr, k));



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