# Maximum distance between two occurrences of same element in array

Given an array with repeated elements, the task is to find the maximum distance two occurrences of an element.

Examples:

Input : arr[] = {3, 2, 1, 2, 1, 4, 5, 8, 6, 7, 4, 2} Output: 10 // maximum distance for 2 is 11-1 = 10 // maximum distance for 1 is 4-2 = 2 // maximum distance for 4 is 10-5 = 5

A **simple solution** for this problem is to one by one pick each element from array and find its **first** and **last** occurrence in array and take difference of first and last occurrence for maximum distance. Time complexity for this approach is O(n^{2}).

An **efficient solution** for this problem is to use hashing. The idea is to traverse input array and store index of first occurrence in a hash map. For every other occurrence, find the difference between index and the first index stored in hash map. If difference is more than result so far, then update the result.

Below are implementations of the idea. The implementation uses unordered_map in .

## C++

`// C++ program to find maximum distance between two ` `// same occurrences of a number. ` `#include<bits/stdc++.h> ` `using` `namespace` `std; ` ` ` `// Function to find maximum distance between equal elements ` `int` `maxDistance(` `int` `arr[], ` `int` `n) ` `{ ` ` ` `// Used to store element to first index mapping ` ` ` `unordered_map<` `int` `, ` `int` `> mp; ` ` ` ` ` `// Traverse elements and find maximum distance between ` ` ` `// same occurrences with the help of map. ` ` ` `int` `max_dist = 0; ` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i=0; i<n; i++) ` ` ` `{ ` ` ` `// If this is first occurrence of element, insert its ` ` ` `// index in map ` ` ` `if` `(mp.find(arr[i]) == mp.end()) ` ` ` `mp[arr[i]] = i; ` ` ` ` ` `// Else update max distance ` ` ` `else` ` ` `max_dist = max(max_dist, i - mp[arr[i]]); ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `return` `max_dist; ` `} ` ` ` `// Driver program to run the case ` `int` `main() ` `{ ` ` ` `int` `arr[] = {3, 2, 1, 2, 1, 4, 5, 8, 6, 7, 4, 2}; ` ` ` `int` `n = ` `sizeof` `(arr)/` `sizeof` `(arr[0]); ` ` ` `cout << maxDistance(arr, n); ` ` ` `return` `0; ` `} ` |

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## Java

`// Java program to find maximum distance between two ` `// same occurrences of a number. ` `import` `java.io.*; ` `import` `java.util.*; ` ` ` `class` `GFG ` `{ ` ` ` ` ` `// Function to find maximum distance between equal elements ` ` ` `static` `int` `maxDistance(` `int` `[] arr, ` `int` `n) ` ` ` `{ ` ` ` `// Used to store element to first index mapping ` ` ` `HashMap<Integer, Integer> map = ` `new` `HashMap<>(); ` ` ` ` ` `// Traverse elements and find maximum distance between ` ` ` `// same occurrences with the help of map. ` ` ` `int` `max_dist = ` `0` `; ` ` ` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i < n; i++) ` ` ` `{ ` ` ` `// If this is first occurrence of element, insert its ` ` ` `// index in map ` ` ` `if` `(!map.containsKey(arr[i])) ` ` ` `map.put(arr[i], i); ` ` ` ` ` `// Else update max distance ` ` ` `else` ` ` `max_dist = Math.max(max_dist, i - map.get(arr[i])); ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `return` `max_dist; ` `} ` ` ` `// Driver code ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String args[]) ` `{ ` ` ` `int` `[] arr = {` `3` `, ` `2` `, ` `1` `, ` `2` `, ` `1` `, ` `4` `, ` `5` `, ` `8` `, ` `6` `, ` `7` `, ` `4` `, ` `2` `}; ` ` ` `int` `n = arr.length; ` ` ` `System.out.println(maxDistance(arr, n)); ` `} ` `} ` ` ` `// This code is contributed by rachana soma ` |

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## Python

`# Python program to find maximum distance between two ` `# same occurrences of a number. ` ` ` `# Function to find maximum distance between equal elements ` `def` `maxDistance(arr, n): ` ` ` ` ` `# Used to store element to first index mapping ` ` ` `mp ` `=` `{} ` ` ` ` ` `# Traverse elements and find maximum distance between ` ` ` `# same occurrences with the help of map. ` ` ` `maxDict ` `=` `0` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(n): ` ` ` ` ` `# If this is first occurrence of element, insert its ` ` ` `# index in map ` ` ` `if` `arr[i] ` `not` `in` `mp.keys(): ` ` ` `mp[arr[i]] ` `=` `i ` ` ` ` ` `# Else update max distance ` ` ` `else` `: ` ` ` `maxDict ` `=` `max` `(maxDict, i` `-` `mp[arr[i]]) ` ` ` ` ` `return` `maxDict ` ` ` `# Driver Program ` `if` `__name__` `=` `=` `'__main__'` `: ` ` ` `arr ` `=` `[` `3` `, ` `2` `, ` `1` `, ` `2` `, ` `1` `, ` `4` `, ` `5` `, ` `8` `, ` `6` `, ` `7` `, ` `4` `, ` `2` `] ` ` ` `n ` `=` `len` `(arr) ` ` ` `print` `maxDistance(arr, n) ` ` ` `# Contributed By: Harshit Sidhwa ` |

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**Output:**

10

**Time complexity :** O(n) under the assumption that unordered_map’s search and insert operations take O(1) time.

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