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# Minimize Array length by repeatedly replacing co-prime pairs with 1

• Difficulty Level : Medium
• Last Updated : 07 May, 2021

Given an array arr[] consisting of N elements, the task is to minimize the array length by replacing any two coprime array elements with 1.
Examples:

Input: arr[] = {2, 3, 5}
Output:
Explanation:
Replace {2, 3} with 1 modifies the array to {1, 5}.
Replace {1, 5} with 1 modifies the array to {1}.
Input: arr[] = {6, 9, 15}
Output:
Explanation: No coprime pairs exist in the array. Therefore, no reduction possible.

Naive Approach: The simplest approach is to iterate over the array and check for coprime pairs. If found replace it with 1 search for the next coprime pair and so on.

Time Complexity: O(N * log N)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

Efficient Approach: This approach is based on the fact:

1 is coprime with every number

The idea is to find if there is any co-prime pair present in the array or not. If found, then all the array elements can be reduced to 1 based on the above fact. Hence, if any co-prime pair is found, then, the required answer will be 1, else, the answer will be the initial size of the array.

Illustration:
For arr[] = {2, 4, 6, 8, 9}
Here, as there exists a coprime pair {2, 9}, replacing them by 1 modifies the array to {1, 4, 6, 8}.
Since 1 is coprime with every number, the array can be reduced further in following steps:
{1, 4, 6, 8} -> {1, 6, 8} -> {1, 8} -> {1}
Hence, the array can be reduced to size 1.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ Program for the above approach``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to find the final array``// length by replacing coprime pair with 1``bool` `hasCoprimePair(vector<``int``>& arr, ``int` `n)``{` `    ``// Iterate over all pairs of element``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n - 1; i++) {``        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + 1; j < n; j++) {` `            ``// Check if gcd is 1``            ``if` `(__gcd(arr[i], arr[j]) == 1) {``                ``return` `true``;``            ``}``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``// If no coprime pair``    ``// found return false``    ``return` `false``;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{` `    ``int` `n = 3;``    ``vector<``int``> arr = { 6, 9, 15 };` `    ``// Check if atleast one coprime``    ``// pair exists in the array``    ``if` `(hasCoprimePair(arr, n)) {``        ``cout << 1 << endl;``    ``}` `    ``// If no such pair exists``    ``else` `{``        ``cout << n << endl;``    ``}``}`

## Java

 `// Java Program for the above approach``import` `java.util.*;``class` `GFG{``    ` `// Recursive function to return``// gcd of a and b ``static` `int` `__gcd(``int` `a, ``int` `b) ``{ ``    ``return` `b == ``0``? a:__gcd(b, a % b);    ``}` `// Function to find the final array``// length by replacing coprime pair with 1``static` `boolean` `hasCoprimePair(``int` `[]arr, ``int` `n)``{` `    ``// Iterate over all pairs of element``    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n - ``1``; i++)``    ``{``        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + ``1``; j < n; j++)``        ``{` `            ``// Check if gcd is 1``            ``if` `((__gcd(arr[i], arr[j])) == ``1``)``            ``{``                ``return` `true``;``            ``}``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``// If no coprime pair``    ``// found return false``    ``return` `false``;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``{``    ``int` `n = ``3``;``    ``int` `[]arr = { ``6``, ``9``, ``15` `};` `    ``// Check if atleast one coprime``    ``// pair exists in the array``    ``if` `(hasCoprimePair(arr, n))``    ``{``        ``System.out.print(``1` `+ ``"\n"``);``    ``}` `    ``// If no such pair exists``    ``else``    ``{``        ``System.out.print(n + ``"\n"``);``    ``}``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Rajput-Ji`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program for the above approach``import` `math` `# Function to find the final array``# length by replacing coprime pair with 1``def` `hasCoprimePair(arr, n):` `    ``# Iterate over all pairs of element``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(n ``-` `1``):``        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(i ``+` `1``, n):` `            ``# Check if gcd is 1``            ``if` `(math.gcd(arr[i], arr[j]) ``=``=` `1``):``                ``return` `True``            ` `    ``# If no coprime pair``    ``# found return false``    ``return` `False` `# Driver code``if` `__name__ ``=``=` `"__main__"``:` `    ``n ``=` `3``    ``arr ``=` `[ ``6``, ``9``, ``15` `]` `    ``# Check if atleast one coprime``    ``# pair exists in the array``    ``if` `(hasCoprimePair(arr, n)):``        ``print``(``1``)``    ` `    ``# If no such pair exists``    ``else``:``        ``print``(n)``    ` `# This code is contributed by chitranayal`

## C#

 `// C# Program for the above approach``using` `System;``class` `GFG{``    ` `// Recursive function to return``// gcd of a and b ``static` `int` `__gcd(``int` `a, ``int` `b) ``{ ``    ``return` `b == 0 ? a : __gcd(b, a % b);    ``}` `// Function to find the readonly array``// length by replacing coprime pair with 1``static` `bool` `hasCoprimePair(``int` `[]arr, ``int` `n)``{` `    ``// Iterate over all pairs of element``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n - 1; i++)``    ``{``        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + 1; j < n; j++)``        ``{` `            ``// Check if gcd is 1``            ``if` `((__gcd(arr[i],``                       ``arr[j])) == 1)``            ``{``                ``return` `true``;``            ``}``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``// If no coprime pair``    ``// found return false``    ``return` `false``;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args)``{``    ``int` `n = 3;``    ``int` `[]arr = { 6, 9, 15 };` `    ``// Check if atleast one coprime``    ``// pair exists in the array``    ``if` `(hasCoprimePair(arr, n))``    ``{``        ``Console.Write(1 + ``"\n"``);``    ``}` `    ``// If no such pair exists``    ``else``    ``{``        ``Console.Write(n + ``"\n"``);``    ``}``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Rajput-Ji`

## Javascript

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Output:
`3`

Time Complexity: O(N2 * log N)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

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