# Maximum sum of pairs with specific difference

• Difficulty Level : Medium
• Last Updated : 06 Jul, 2022

Given an array of integers and a number k. We can pair two numbers of the array if the difference between them is strictly less than k. The task is to find the maximum possible sum of disjoint pairs. Sum of P pairs is the sum of all 2P numbers of pairs.

Examples:

Input  : arr[] = {3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9}, K = 4
Output : 62
Explanation:
Then disjoint pairs with difference less than K are, (3, 5), (10, 12), (15, 17)
So maximum sum which we can get is 3 + 5 + 12 + 10 + 15 + 17 = 62
Note that an alternate way to form disjoint pairs is, (3, 5), (9, 12), (15, 17), but this pairing produces lesser sum.

Input  : arr[] = {5, 15, 10, 300}, k = 12
Output : 25

Approach: First, we sort the given array in increasing order. Once array is sorted, we traverse the array. For every element, we try to pair it with its previous element first. Why do we prefer previous element? Let arr[i] can be paired with arr[i-1] and arr[i-2] (i.e. arr[i] – arr[i-1] < K and arr[i]-arr[i-2] < K). Since the array is sorted, value of arr[i-1] would be more than arr[i-2]. Also, we need to pair with difference less than k, it means if arr[i-2] can be paired, then arr[i-1] can also be paired in a sorted array.

Now observing the above facts, we can formulate our dynamic programming solution as below,

Let dp[i] denotes the maximum disjoint pair sum we can achieve using first i elements of the array. Assume currently, we are at i’th position, then there are two possibilities for us.

```  Pair up i with (i-1)th element, i.e.
dp[i] = dp[i-2] + arr[i] + arr[i-1]
Don't pair up, i.e.
dp[i] = dp[i-1] ```

Above iteration takes O(N) time and sorting of array will take O(N log N) time so total time complexity of the solution will be O(N log N)

Implementation:

## C++

 `// C++ program to find maximum pair sum whose``// difference is less than K``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// method to return maximum sum we can get by``// finding less than K difference pair``int` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``int` `arr[], ``int` `N, ``int` `K)``{``    ``// Sort input array in ascending order.``    ``sort(arr, arr+N);` `    ``// dp[i] denotes the maximum disjoint pair sum``    ``// we can achieve using first i elements``    ``int` `dp[N];` `    ``//  if no element then dp value will be 0``    ``dp = 0;` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < N; i++)``    ``{``        ``// first give previous value to dp[i] i.e.``        ``// no pairing with (i-1)th element``        ``dp[i] = dp[i-1];` `        ``// if current and previous element can form a pair``        ``if` `(arr[i] - arr[i-1] < K)``        ``{``            ``// update dp[i] by choosing maximum between``            ``// pairing and not pairing``            ``if` `(i >= 2)``                ``dp[i] = max(dp[i], dp[i-2] + arr[i] + arr[i-1]);``            ``else``                ``dp[i] = max(dp[i], arr[i] + arr[i-1]);``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``//  last index will have the result``    ``return` `dp[N - 1];``}` `//  Driver code to test above methods``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = {3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9};``    ``int` `N = ``sizeof``(arr)/``sizeof``(``int``);` `    ``int` `K = 4;``    ``cout << maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, K);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to find maximum pair sum whose``// difference is less than K` `import` `java.io.*;``import` `java.util.*;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// method to return maximum sum we can get by``    ``// finding less than K difference pair``    ``static` `int` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``int` `arr[],``                                               ``int` `N, ``int` `K)``    ``{``        ` `        ``// Sort input array in ascending order.``        ``Arrays.sort(arr);``    ` `        ``// dp[i] denotes the maximum disjoint pair sum``        ``// we can achieve using first i elements``        ``int` `dp[] = ``new` `int``[N];``    ` `        ``// if no element then dp value will be 0``        ``dp[``0``] = ``0``;``    ` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``1``; i < N; i++)``        ``{``            ``// first give previous value to dp[i] i.e.``            ``// no pairing with (i-1)th element``            ``dp[i] = dp[i-``1``];``    ` `            ``// if current and previous element can form a pair``            ``if` `(arr[i] - arr[i-``1``] < K)``            ``{``                ` `                ``// update dp[i] by choosing maximum between``                ``// pairing and not pairing``                ``if` `(i >= ``2``)``                    ``dp[i] = Math.max(dp[i], dp[i-``2``] + arr[i] +``                                                    ``arr[i-``1``]);``                ``else``                    ``dp[i] = Math.max(dp[i], arr[i] + arr[i-``1``]);``            ``}``        ``}``    ` `        ``// last index will have the result``        ``return` `dp[N - ``1``];``    ``}` `    ``// Driver code to test above methods``    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args) {``        ` `        ``int` `arr[] = {``3``, ``5``, ``10``, ``15``, ``17``, ``12``, ``9``};``        ``int` `N = arr.length;``        ``int` `K = ``4``;``        ` `        ``System.out.println ( maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``                                                    ``arr, N, K));``        ` `    ``}``}` `//This code is contributed by vt_m.`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to find maximum pair``# sum whose difference is less than K` `# method to return maximum sum we can``# get by get by finding less than K``# difference pair``def` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, K):` `    ``# Sort input array in ascending order.``    ``arr.sort()` `    ``# dp[i] denotes the maximum disjoint``    ``# pair sum we can achieve using first``    ``# i elements``    ``dp ``=` `[``0``] ``*` `N` `    ``# if no element then dp value will be 0``    ``dp[``0``] ``=` `0` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``1``, N):``    ` `        ``# first give previous value to``        ``# dp[i] i.e. no pairing with``        ``# (i-1)th element``        ``dp[i] ``=` `dp[i``-``1``]` `        ``# if current and previous element``        ``# can form a pair``        ``if` `(arr[i] ``-` `arr[i``-``1``] < K):``        ` `            ``# update dp[i] by choosing``            ``# maximum between pairing``            ``# and not pairing``            ``if` `(i >``=` `2``):``                ``dp[i] ``=` `max``(dp[i], dp[i``-``2``] ``+` `arr[i] ``+` `arr[i``-``1``]);``            ``else``:``                ``dp[i] ``=` `max``(dp[i], arr[i] ``+` `arr[i``-``1``]);``        ` `    ``# last index will have the result``    ``return` `dp[N ``-` `1``]` `# Driver code to test above methods``arr ``=` `[``3``, ``5``, ``10``, ``15``, ``17``, ``12``, ``9``]``N ``=` `len``(arr)``K ``=` `4``print``(maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, K))` `# This code is contributed by Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## C#

 `// C# program to find maximum pair sum whose``// difference is less than K``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// method to return maximum sum we can get by``    ``// finding less than K difference pair``    ``static` `int` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``int` `[]arr,``                                              ``int` `N, ``int` `K)``    ``{``        ` `        ``// Sort input array in ascending order.``        ``Array.Sort(arr);``    ` `        ``// dp[i] denotes the maximum disjoint pair sum``        ``// we can achieve using first i elements``        ``int` `[]dp = ``new` `int``[N];``    ` `        ``// if no element then dp value will be 0``        ``dp = 0;``    ` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < N; i++)``        ``{``            ``// first give previous value to dp[i] i.e.``            ``// no pairing with (i-1)th element``            ``dp[i] = dp[i-1];``    ` `            ``// if current and previous element can form``            ``// a pair``            ``if` `(arr[i] - arr[i-1] < K)``            ``{``                ` `                ``// update dp[i] by choosing maximum``                ``// between pairing and not pairing``                ``if` `(i >= 2)``                    ``dp[i] = Math.Max(dp[i], dp[i-2]``                                ``+ arr[i] + arr[i-1]);``                ``else``                    ``dp[i] = Math.Max(dp[i], arr[i]``                                        ``+ arr[i-1]);``            ``}``        ``}``    ` `        ``// last index will have the result``        ``return` `dp[N - 1];``    ``}` `    ``// Driver code to test above methods``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main () {``        ` `        ``int` `[]arr = {3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9};``        ``int` `N = arr.Length;``        ``int` `K = 4;``        ` `        ``Console.WriteLine(``          ``maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, K));``        ` `    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by anuj_67.`

## PHP

 `= 2)``                ``\$dp``[``\$i``] = max(``\$dp``[``\$i``], ``\$dp``[``\$i``-2] + ``\$arr``[``\$i``] + ``\$arr``[``\$i``-1]);``            ``else``                ``\$dp``[``\$i``] = max(``\$dp``[``\$i``], ``\$arr``[``\$i``] + ``\$arr``[``\$i``-1]);``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``// last index will have the result``    ``return` `\$dp``[``\$N` `- 1];``}` `    ``// Driver code` `    ``\$arr` `= ``array``(3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9);``    ``\$N` `= sizeof(``\$arr``) ;` `    ``\$K` `= 4;``    ``echo` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``\$arr``, ``\$N``, ``\$K``);`  `    ``// This code is contributed by Ryuga``?>`

## Javascript

 ``

Output

`62`

Time complexity: O(N Log N)
Auxiliary Space: O(N)

An optimised solution contributed by Amit Sane is given below,

Implementation:

## C++

 `// C++ program to find maximum pair sum whose``// difference is less than K``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Method to return maximum sum we can get by``// finding less than K difference pairs``int` `maxSumPair(``int` `arr[], ``int` `N, ``int` `k)``{``    ``int` `maxSum = 0;` `    ``// Sort elements to ensure every i and i-1 is closest``    ``// possible pair``    ``sort(arr, arr + N);` `    ``// To get maximum possible sum,``    ``// iterate from largest to``    ``// smallest, giving larger``    ``// numbers priority over smaller``    ``// numbers.``    ``for` `(``int` `i = N - 1; i > 0; --i)``    ``{``        ``// Case I: Diff of arr[i] and arr[i-1]``        ``//  is less than K,add to maxSum      ``        ``// Case II: Diff between arr[i] and arr[i-1] is not``        ``// less than K, move to next i since with``        ``// sorting we know, arr[i]-arr[i-1] <``        ``// rr[i]-arr[i-2] and so on.``        ``if` `(arr[i] - arr[i - 1] < k)``        ``{``            ``// Assuming only positive numbers.``            ``maxSum += arr[i];``            ``maxSum += arr[i - 1];` `            ``// When a match is found skip this pair``            ``--i;``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``return` `maxSum;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = { 3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9 };``    ``int` `N = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(``int``);` `    ``int` `K = 4;``    ``cout << maxSumPair(arr, N, K);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to find maximum pair sum whose``// difference is less than K` `import` `java.io.*;``import` `java.util.*;` `class` `GFG {` `    ``// Method to return maximum sum we can get by``    ``// finding less than K difference pairs``    ``static` `int` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``int` `arr[],``                                                 ``int` `N,``                                                 ``int` `k)``    ``{``        ``int` `maxSum = ``0``;` `        ``// Sort elements to ensure every i and i-1 is``        ``// closest possible pair``        ``Arrays.sort(arr);` `        ``// To get maximum possible sum,``        ``// iterate from largest``        ``// to smallest, giving larger``        ``// numbers priority over``        ``// smaller numbers.``        ``for` `(``int` `i = N - ``1``; i > ``0``; --i)``        ``{``            ``// Case I: Diff of arr[i] and arr[i-1] is less``            ``// than K, add to maxSum``            ``// Case II: Diff between arr[i] and arr[i-1] is``            ``// not less than K, move to next i``            ``// since with sorting we know, arr[i]-arr[i-1] <``            ``// arr[i]-arr[i-2] and so on.``            ``if` `(arr[i] - arr[i - ``1``] < k)``            ``{``                ``// Assuming only positive numbers.``                ``maxSum += arr[i];``                ``maxSum += arr[i - ``1``];` `                ``// When a match is found skip this pair``                ``--i;``            ``}``        ``}` `        ``return` `maxSum;``    ``}` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{` `        ``int` `arr[] = { ``3``, ``5``, ``10``, ``15``, ``17``, ``12``, ``9` `};``        ``int` `N = arr.length;``        ``int` `K = ``4``;` `        ``System.out.println(``            ``maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, K));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by vt_m.`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to find maximum pair sum``# whose difference is less than K` `# Method to return maximum sum we can``# get by finding less than K difference``# pairs`  `def` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, k):` `    ``maxSum ``=` `0` `    ``# Sort elements to ensure every i and``    ``# i-1 is closest possible pair``    ``arr.sort()` `    ``# To get maximum possible sum, iterate``    ``# from largest to smallest, giving larger``    ``# numbers priority over smaller numbers.``    ``i ``=` `N ``-` `1``    ``while` `(i > ``0``):` `        ``# Case I: Diff of arr[i] and arr[i-1]``        ``#     is less than K, add to maxSum``        ``# Case II: Diff between arr[i] and``        ``#     arr[i-1] is not less than K,``        ``#     move to next i since with sorting``        ``#     we know, arr[i]-arr[i-1] < arr[i]-arr[i-2]``        ``#     and so on.``        ``if` `(arr[i] ``-` `arr[i ``-` `1``] < k):` `            ``# Assuming only positive numbers.``            ``maxSum ``+``=` `arr[i]``            ``maxSum ``+``=` `arr[i ``-` `1``]` `            ``# When a match is found skip this pair``            ``i ``-``=` `1``        ``i ``-``=` `1` `    ``return` `maxSum`  `# Driver Code``arr ``=` `[``3``, ``5``, ``10``, ``15``, ``17``, ``12``, ``9``]``N ``=` `len``(arr)` `K ``=` `4``print``(maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr, N, K))` `# This code is contributed by mits`

## C#

 `// C# program to find maximum pair sum whose``// difference is less than K``using` `System;``class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``// Method to return maximum sum we can get by``    ``// finding less than K difference pairs``    ``static` `int` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``int` `[]arr,``                                               ``int` `N, ``int` `k)``    ``{``        ``int` `maxSum = 0;``    ` `        ``// Sort elements to ensure``        ``// every i and i-1 is closest``        ``// possible pair``        ``Array.Sort(arr);``    ` `        ``// To get maximum possible sum,``        ``// iterate from largest``        ``// to smallest, giving larger``        ``// numbers priority over``        ``// smaller numbers.``        ``for` `(``int` `i = N-1; i > 0; --i)``        ``{``            ` `            ``/* Case I: Diff of arr[i] and``                       ``arr[i-1] is less than K,``                       ``add to maxSum``               ``Case II: Diff between arr[i] and``                        ``arr[i-1] is not less``                        ``than K, move to next i``                        ``since with sorting we``                        ``know, arr[i]-arr[i-1] <``                        ``arr[i]-arr[i-2] and``                        ``so on.*/``            ``if` `(arr[i] - arr[i-1] < k)``            ``{``                ` `                ``// Assuming only positive numbers.``                ``maxSum += arr[i];``                ``maxSum += arr[i - 1];``    ` `                ``// When a match is found``                ``// skip this pair``                ``--i;``            ``}``        ``}``    ` `        ``return` `maxSum;``    ``}` `    ``// Driver Code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main ()``    ``{``        ``int` `[]arr = {3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9};``        ``int` `N = arr.Length;``        ``int` `K = 4;``        ` `        ``Console.Write( maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(arr,``                                                         ``N, K));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by nitin mittal.`

## PHP

 ` 0; --``\$i``)``    ``{``        ``// Case I: Diff of arr[i] and arr[i-1]``        ``//           is less than K, add to maxSum``        ``// Case II: Diff between arr[i] and``        ``//            arr[i-1] is not less than K,``        ``//          move to next i since with sorting``        ``//          we know, arr[i]-arr[i-1] < arr[i]-arr[i-2]``        ``//            and so on.``        ``if` `(``\$arr``[``\$i``] - ``\$arr``[``\$i` `- 1] < ``\$k``)``        ``{``            ``// Assuming only positive numbers.``            ``\$maxSum` `+= ``\$arr``[``\$i``];``            ``\$maxSum` `+= ``\$arr``[``\$i` `- 1];` `            ``// When a match is found skip this pair``            ``--``\$i``;``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``return` `\$maxSum``;``}` `// Driver Code``\$arr` `= ``array``(3, 5, 10, 15, 17, 12, 9);``\$N` `= sizeof(``\$arr``);` `\$K` `= 4;``echo` `maxSumPairWithDifferenceLessThanK(``\$arr``, ``\$N``, ``\$K``);` `// This code is contributed``// by Sach_Code   ``?>`

## Javascript

 ``

Output

`62`

Time complexity: O(N Log N)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

This article is contributed by Utkarsh Trivedi. If you like GeeksforGeeks and would like to contribute, you can also write an article using write.geeksforgeeks.org or mail your article to review-team@geeksforgeeks.org. See your article appearing on the GeeksforGeeks main page and help other Geeks.

My Personal Notes arrow_drop_up