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Number of local extrema in an array
• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 09 Apr, 2021

You are given an array on n-elements. An extrema is an elements which is either greater than its both of neighbors or less than its both neighbors. You have to calculate the number of local extrema in given array.
Note : 1st and last elements are not extrema.
Examples :

```Input : a[] = {1, 5, 2, 5}
Output : 2

Input : a[] = {1, 2, 3}
Output : 0```

Approach :For calculating number of extrema we have to check whether an element is maxima or minima i.e. whether it is greater than both of its neighbors or less than both neighbors. For this simply iterate over the array and for each elements check its possibility of being an extrema.
Note: a[0] and a[n-1] has exactly one neighbour each, they are neither minima nor maxima.

## C++

 `// CPP to find number``// of extrema``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// function to find``// local extremum``int` `extrema(``int` `a[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``int` `count = 0;` `    ``// start loop from position 1``    ``// till n-1``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n - 1; i++)``    ``{` `        ``// only one condition``        ``// will be true at a ``        ``// time either a[i]``        ``// will be greater than``        ``// neighbours or less``        ``// than neighbours` `        ``// check if a[i] is greater``        ``// than both its neighbours``        ``// then add 1 to x``        ``count += (a[i] > a[i - 1] && a[i] > a[i + 1]);` `        ``// check if a[i] is``        ``// less than both its``        ``// neighbours, then``        ``// add 1 to x``        ``count += (a[i] < a[i - 1] && a[i] < a[i + 1]);``    ``}` `    ``return` `count;``}` `// driver program``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `a[] = { 1, 0, 2, 1 };``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(a) / ``sizeof``(a[0]);``    ``cout << extrema(a, n);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java to find``// number of extrema``import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// function to find``    ``// local extremum``    ``static` `int` `extrema(``int` `a[], ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `count = ``0``;``    ` `        ``// start loop from``        ``// position 1 till n-1``        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``1``; i < n - ``1``; i++)``        ``{``    ` `            ``// only one condition``            ``// will be true at a ``            ``// time either a[i]``            ``// will be greater than``            ``// neighbours or less``            ``// than neighbours``    ` `            ``// check if a[i] is greater``            ``// than both its neighbours``            ``// then add 1 to x``            ``if``(a[i] > a[i - ``1``] && a[i] > a[i + ``1``])``                ``count += ``1``;``            ` `            ``// check if a[i] is``            ``// less than both its``            ``// neighbours, then``            ``// add 1 to x``            ``if``(a[i] < a[i - ``1``] && a[i] < a[i + ``1``])``                ``count += ``1``;``        ``}``    ` `        ``return` `count;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// driver program``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])``                            ``throws` `IOException``    ``{``        ``int` `a[] = { ``1``, ``0``, ``2``, ``1` `};``        ``int` `n = a.length;``        ``System.out.println(extrema(a, n));``    ``}``}`  `/* This code is contributed by Nikita Tiwari.*/`

## Python3

 `# Python 3 to find``# number of extrema` `# function to find``# local extremum``def` `extrema(a, n):` `    ``count ``=` `0``    ``# start loop from``    ``# position 1 till n-1``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``1``, n ``-` `1``) :``        ``# only one condition``        ``# will be true``        ``# at a time either``        ``# a[i] will be greater``        ``# than neighbours or``        ``# less than neighbours` `        ``# check if a[i] if``        ``# greater than both its``        ``# neighbours, then add``        ``# 1 to x``        ``count ``+``=` `(a[i] > a[i ``-` `1``] ``and` `a[i] > a[i ``+` `1``]);` `        ``# check if a[i] if``        ``# less than both its``        ``# neighbours, then``        ``# add 1 to x``        ``count ``+``=` `(a[i] < a[i ``-` `1``] ``and` `a[i] < a[i ``+` `1``]);` `    ``return` `count` `# driver program``a ``=` `[``1``, ``0``, ``2``, ``1` `]``n ``=` `len``(a)``print``(extrema(a, n))` `# This code is contributed by Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## C#

 `// C# to find``// number of extrema``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// function to find``    ``// local extremum``    ``static` `int` `extrema(``int` `[]a, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `count = 0;``    ` `        ``// start loop from``        ``// position 1 till n-1``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n - 1; i++)``        ``{``    ` `            ``// only one condition``            ``// will be true at a``            ``// time either a[i]``            ``// will be greater than``            ``// neighbours or less``            ``// than neighbours``    ` `            ``// check if a[i] is greater``            ``// than both its neighbours``            ``// then add 1 to x``            ``if``(a[i] > a[i - 1] && a[i] > a[i + 1])``                ``count += 1;``            ` `            ``// check if a[i] is``            ``// less than both its``            ``// neighbours, then``            ``// add 1 to x``            ``if``(a[i] < a[i - 1] && a[i] < a[i + 1])``                ``count += 1;``        ``}``    ` `        ``return` `count;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver program``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``                            ` `    ``{``        ``int` `[]a = { 1, 0, 2, 1 };``        ``int` `n = a.Length;``    ``Console.WriteLine(extrema(a, n));``    ``}``}`  `/* This code is contributed by vt_m.*/`

## PHP

 ` ``\$a``[``\$i` `- 1] ``and``                   ``\$a``[``\$i``] > ``\$a``[``\$i` `+ 1]);` `        ``// check if a[i] is``        ``// less than both its``        ``// neighbours, then``        ``// add 1 to x``        ``\$count` `+= (``\$a``[``\$i``] < ``\$a``[``\$i` `- 1] ``and``                   ``\$a``[``\$i``] < ``\$a``[``\$i` `+ 1]);``    ``}` `    ``return` `\$count``;``}` `// Driver Code``\$a` `= ``array``( 1, 0, 2, 1 );``\$n` `= ``count``(``\$a``);``echo` `extrema(``\$a``, ``\$n``);` `// This code is contributed by anuj_67.``?>`

## Javascript

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Output :

`2`

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