# Maximum sum of smallest and second smallest in an array

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 07 Jul, 2022

#### Examples:

```Input : arr[] = [4, 3, 1, 5, 6]
Output : 11
Subarrays with smallest and second smallest are,
[4, 3]        smallest = 3    second smallest = 4
[4, 3, 1]    smallest = 1    second smallest = 3
[4, 3, 1, 5]    smallest = 1    second smallest = 3
[4, 3, 1, 5, 6]    smallest = 1    second smallest = 3
[3, 1]         smallest = 1    second smallest = 3
[3, 1, 5]     smallest = 1    second smallest = 3
[3, 1, 5, 6]    smallest = 1    second smallest = 3
[1, 5]        smallest = 1    second smallest = 5
[1, 5, 6]    smallest = 1    second smallest = 5
[5, 6]         smallest = 5    second smallest = 6
Maximum sum among all above choices is, 5 + 6 = 11

Input : arr[] =  {5, 4, 3, 1, 6}
Output : 9```
Recommended Practice

A simple solution is to generate all subarrays, find sum of smallest and second smallest of every subarray. Finally return maximum of all sums.

An efficient solution is based on the observation that this problem reduces to finding a maximum sum of two consecutive elements in array.

If (x,y) is the pair ,such that (x+y) is the answer , then x and y must be consecutive elements in the array.

#### Proof:

For a subarray with 2 elements , 1st and 2nd smallest elements are those 2 elements.

Now x and y are present in some subarray such thatthey are the endpoints.

Now, x, y must be the smallest 2 elements of that subarray. If there are other elements Z1 , Z2, ……., ZK  between x and y, they are greater than or equal to x and y,

#### Case1 :

• If there is one element z between x and y , then the smaller subarray with the elements max(x,y) and z , should be the answer , because max(x,y) + z >= x + y

#### Case2:

• If there are more than one elements between x and y , then the subarray within x and y will have all consecutive elements  (Zi + Zi+1) >= (x+y),  so (x,y) pair can’t be the answer.
• So, by contradictions, x and y must be consecutive elements in the array.

Implementation:

## CPP

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## JAVA

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## Python3

 `# Python 3 program to get max``# sum with smallest and second``# smallest element from any``# subarray` `# Method returns maximum obtainable``# sum value of smallest and the``# second smallest value taken``# over all possible subarrays``def` `pairWithMaxSum(arr, N):` `    ``if` `(N < ``2``):``        ``return` `-``1``    ` `    ``# Find two consecutive elements with``    ``# maximum sum.``    ``res ``=` `arr[``0``] ``+` `arr[``1``]``    ` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``1``, N``-``1``):``        ``res ``=` `max``(res, arr[i] ``+` `arr[i ``+` `1``])``    ` `    ``return` `res``    ` `# Driver code``arr ``=` `[``4``, ``3``, ``1``, ``5``, ``6``]``N ``=` `len``(arr)` `print``(pairWithMaxSum(arr, N))` `# This code is contributed by Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## C#

 `// C# program to get max sum with smallest``// and second smallest element from any subarray``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {` `// Method returns maximum obtainable sum value``// of smallest and the second smallest value``// taken over all possible subarrays``static` `int` `pairWithMaxSum(``int` `[]arr, ``int` `N)``{``    ` `if` `(N < 2)``    ``return` `-1;` `// Find two consecutive elements``// with maximum sum.``int` `res = arr[0] + arr[1];``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < N - 1; i++)``    ``res = Math.Max(res, arr[i] + arr[i + 1]);` `return` `res;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `Main()``{``    ``int` `[]arr = {4, 3, 1, 5, 6};``    ``int` `N = arr.Length;``    ``Console.Write(pairWithMaxSum(arr, N));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Nitin Mittal.`

## PHP

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## Javascript

 `// javascript program to get max sum with smallest``// and second smallest element from any subarray``  ` `// Method returns maximum obtainable sum value``// of smallest and the second smallest value``// taken over all possible subarrays` `function` `pairWithMaxSum(arr,  N)``{``      ` `if` `(N < 2)``    ``return` `-1;``  ` `// Find two consecutive elements``// with maximum sum.` `var` `res = arr[0] + arr[1];``for` `(``var` `i = 1; i < N - 1; i++)``    ``res = Math.max(res, arr[i] + arr[i + 1]);``  ` `return` `res;``}``  ` `// Driver code` `    ``var` `arr = [4, 3, 1, 5, 6]``    ``var` `N = arr.length;``    ``document.write(pairWithMaxSum(arr, N));` `// This code is contributed by bunnyram19.`

Output

`11`

Time Complexity : O(n)

Thanks to Md Mishfaq Ahmed for suggesting this approach.
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