# Maximize sum of consecutive differences in a circular array

• Difficulty Level : Medium
• Last Updated : 27 Aug, 2021

Given an array of n elements. Consider array as circular array i.e element after an is a1. The task is to find maximum sum of the difference between consecutive elements with rearrangement of array element allowed i.e after rearrangement of element find |a1 – a2| + |a2 – a3| + …… + |an – 1 – an| + |an – a1|.

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```Input : arr[] = { 4, 2, 1, 8 }
Output : 18
Rearrange given array as : { 1, 8, 2, 4 }
Sum of difference between consecutive element
= |1 - 8| + |8 - 2| + |2 - 4| + |4 - 1|
= 7 + 6 + 2 + 3
= 18.

Input : arr[] = { 10, 12, 15 }
Output : 10```

The idea is to use Greedy Approach and try to bring elements having greater difference closer.
Consider the sorted permutation of the given array a1, a1, a2,…., an – 1, an such that a1 < a2 < a3…. < an – 1 < an
Now, to obtain the answer having maximum sum of difference between consecutive element, arrange element in following manner:
a1, an, a2, an-1,…., an/2, a(n/2) + 1
We can observe that the arrangement produces the optimal answer, as all a1, a2, a3,….., a(n/2)-1, an/2 are subtracted twice while a(n/2)+1 , a(n/2)+2, a(n/2)+3,….., an – 1, an are added twice.
Note – a(n/2)+1 This term is considered only for even n because for odd n, it is added once and subtracted once and hence cancels out.

## C++

 `// C++ program to maximize the sum of difference``// between consecutive elements in circular array``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Return the maximum Sum of difference between``// consecutive elements.``int` `maxSum(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``int` `sum = 0;` `    ``// Sorting the array.``    ``sort(arr, arr + n);` `    ``// Subtracting a1, a2, a3,....., a(n/2)-1, an/2``    ``// twice and adding a(n/2)+1, a(n/2)+2, a(n/2)+3,.``    ``// ...., an - 1, an twice.``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n/2; i++)``    ``{``        ``sum -= (2 * arr[i]);``        ``sum += (2 * arr[n - i - 1]);``    ``}` `    ``return` `sum;``}` `// Driver Program``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = { 4, 2, 1, 8 };``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr)/``sizeof``(arr);``    ``cout << maxSum(arr, n) << endl;``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to maximize the sum of difference``// between consecutive elements in circular array``import` `java.io.*;``import` `java.util.Arrays;`` ` `class` `MaxSum``{``    ``// Return the maximum Sum of difference between``    ``// consecutive elements.``    ``static` `int` `maxSum(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `sum = ``0``;`` ` `        ``// Sorting the array.``        ``Arrays.sort(arr);``     ` `        ``// Subtracting a1, a2, a3,....., a(n/2)-1,``        ``// an/2 twice and adding a(n/2)+1, a(n/2)+2,``        ``// a(n/2)+3,....., an - 1, an twice.``        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n/``2``; i++)``        ``{``            ``sum -= (``2` `* arr[i]);``            ``sum += (``2` `* arr[n - i - ``1``]);``        ``}``     ` `        ``return` `sum;``    ``}` `    ``// Driver Program``    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args)``    ``{``        ``int` `arr[] = { ``4``, ``2``, ``1``, ``8` `};``        ``int` `n = arr.length;``        ``System.out.println(maxSum(arr, n));``    ``}``}``/*This code is contributed by Prakriti Gupta*/`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to maximize the sum of difference``# between consecutive elements in circular array` `# Return the maximum Sum of difference``# between consecutive elements``def` `maxSum(arr, n):``    ``sum` `=` `0` `    ``# Sorting the array``    ``arr.sort()` `    ``# Subtracting a1, a2, a3,....., a(n/2)-1, an/2``    ``# twice and adding a(n/2)+1, a(n/2)+2, a(n/2)+3,.``    ``# ...., an - 1, an twice.``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``0``, ``int``(n ``/` `2``)) :``        ``sum` `-``=` `(``2` `*` `arr[i])``        ``sum` `+``=` `(``2` `*` `arr[n ``-` `i ``-` `1``])` `    ``return` `sum`  `# Driver Program``arr ``=` `[``4``, ``2``, ``1``, ``8``]``n ``=` `len``(arr)``print` `(maxSum(arr, n))` `# This code is contributed by Shreyanshi Arun.`

## C#

 `// C# program to maximize the sum of difference``// between consecutive elements in circular array``using` `System;` `class` `MaxSum {``    ` `    ``// Return the maximum Sum of difference``    ``// between consecutive elements.``    ``static` `int` `maxSum(``int``[] arr, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `sum = 0;` `        ``// Sorting the array.``        ``Array.Sort(arr);` `        ``// Subtracting a1, a2, a3, ....., a(n/2)-1,``        ``// an/2 twice and adding a(n/2)+1, a(n/2)+2,``        ``// a(n/2)+3, ....., an - 1, an twice.``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n / 2; i++) {``            ``sum -= (2 * arr[i]);``            ``sum += (2 * arr[n - i - 1]);``        ``}` `        ``return` `sum;``    ``}` `    ``// Driver Program``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``int``[] arr = { 4, 2, 1, 8 };``        ``int` `n = arr.Length;``        ``Console.WriteLine(maxSum(arr, n));``    ``}``}` `//This Code is contributed by vt_m.`

## Javascript

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Output :

`18`

Time Complexity: O(nlogn).
Auxiliary Space : O(1)
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