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Minimize number of boxes by putting small box inside bigger one

  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 18 May, 2021

Given an array size[] of box sizes, our task is to find the number of boxes left at the end, after putting the smaller-sized box into a bigger one. 
Note: Only one small box can fit inside one box.
Examples: 

Input: size[] = {1, 2, 3} 
Output:
Explanation: 
Here, box of size 1 can fit inside box of size 2 and the box of size 2 can fit inside box of size 3. So at last we have only one box of size 3.

Input: size[] = {1, 2, 2, 3, 7, 4, 2, 1} 
Output:
Explanation: 
Put the box of size 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 together and for the second box put 1 and 2 together. At last 2 is left which will not fit inside anyone. So we have 3 boxes left. 

Approach: The idea is to follow the steps given below:



  • Sort the given array size[] in increasing order and check if the current box size is greater than the next box size. If yes then decrease the initial box number.
  • Otherwise, if the current box size is equal to next box size, then check if the current box can fit inside next to next box size. If yes then move the current box pointing variable, else move next pointing variable further.

Below is the implementation of the above approach: 

C++




// C++ implementation to minimize the
// number of the box by putting small
// box inside the bigger one
 
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
 
// Function to minimize the count
void minBox(int arr[], int n)
{
    // Initial number of box
    int box = n;
 
    // Sort array of box size
    // in increasing order
    sort(arr, arr + n);
 
    int curr_box = 0, next_box = 1;
    while (curr_box < n && next_box < n) {
 
        // check is current box size
        // is smaller than next box size
        if (arr[curr_box] < arr[next_box]) {
 
            // Decrement box count
            // Increment current box count
            // Increment next box count
            box--;
            curr_box++;
            next_box++;
        }
 
        // Check if both box
        // have same size
        else if (arr[curr_box] == arr[next_box])
            next_box++;
    }
 
    // Print the result
    cout << box << endl;
}
 
// Driver code
int main()
{
    int size[] = { 1, 2, 3 };
    int n = sizeof(size) / sizeof(size[0]);
    minBox(size, n);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java implementation to minimize the
// number of the box by putting small
// box inside the bigger one
import java.util.Arrays;
 
class GFG{
     
// Function to minimize the count
public static void minBox(int arr[], int n)
{
     
    // Initial number of box
    int box = n;
 
    // Sort array of box size
    // in increasing order
    Arrays.sort(arr);
 
    int curr_box = 0, next_box = 1;
    while (curr_box < n && next_box < n)
    {
         
        // Check is current box size
        // is smaller than next box size
        if (arr[curr_box] < arr[next_box])
        {
             
            // Decrement box count
            // Increment current box count
            // Increment next box count
            box--;
            curr_box++;
            next_box++;
        }
 
        // Check if both box
        // have same size
        else if (arr[curr_box] ==
                 arr[next_box])
            next_box++;
    }
 
    // Print the result
    System.out.println(box);
}
 
// Driver code
public static void main(String args[])
{
    int []size = { 1, 2, 3 };
    int n = size.length;
     
    minBox(size, n);
}
}
 
// This code is contributed by SoumikMondal

Python3




# Python3 implementation to minimize the
# number of the box by putting small
# box inside the bigger one
 
# Function to minimize the count
def minBox(arr, n):
     
    # Initial number of box
    box = n
 
    # Sort array of box size
    # in increasing order
    arr.sort()
 
    curr_box, next_box = 0, 1
    while (curr_box < n and next_box < n):
 
        # Check is current box size
        # is smaller than next box size
        if (arr[curr_box] < arr[next_box]):
 
            # Decrement box count
            # Increment current box count
            # Increment next box count
            box = box - 1
            curr_box = curr_box + 1
            next_box = next_box + 1
 
        # Check if both box
        # have same size
        elif (arr[curr_box] == arr[next_box]):
            next_box = next_box + 1
 
    # Print the result
    print(box)
 
# Driver code
size = [ 1, 2, 3 ]
n = len(size)
 
minBox(size, n)
 
# This code is contributed by divyeshrabadiya07

C#




// C# implementation to minimize the
// number of the box by putting small
// box inside the bigger one
using System;
 
class GFG{
     
// Function to minimize the count
public static void minBox(int []arr, int n)
{
     
    // Initial number of box
    int box = n;
 
    // Sort array of box size
    // in increasing order
    Array.Sort(arr);
 
    int curr_box = 0, next_box = 1;
    while (curr_box < n && next_box < n)
    {
         
        // Check is current box size
        // is smaller than next box size
        if (arr[curr_box] < arr[next_box])
        {
             
            // Decrement box count
            // Increment current box count
            // Increment next box count
            box--;
            curr_box++;
            next_box++;
        }
 
        // Check if both box
        // have same size
        else if (arr[curr_box] ==
                 arr[next_box])
            next_box++;
    }
 
    // Print the result
    Console.WriteLine(box);
}
 
// Driver code
public static void Main(String []args)
{
    int []size = { 1, 2, 3 };
    int n = size.Length;
     
    minBox(size, n);
}
}
 
// This code is contributed by Amit Katiyar

Javascript




<script>
 
// javascript implementation to minimize the
// number of the box by putting small
// box inside the bigger one
 
      
// Function to minimize the count
function minBox(arr,  n)
{
      
    // Initial number of box
    var box = n;
  
    // Sort array of box size
    // in increasing order
    arr.sort();
  
    var curr_box = 0, next_box = 1;
    while (curr_box < n && next_box < n)
    {
          
        // Check is current box size
        // is smaller than next box size
        if (arr[curr_box] < arr[next_box])
        {
              
            // Decrement box count
            // Increment current box count
            // Increment next box count
            box--;
            curr_box++;
            next_box++;
        }
  
        // Check if both box
        // have same size
        else if (arr[curr_box] ==
                 arr[next_box])
            next_box++;
    }
  
    // Print the result
    document.write(box);
}
  
// Driver code
 
    var size = [ 1, 2, 3 ];
    var n = size.length;
      
    minBox(size, n);
     
</script>
Output
1

Time Complexity: O(N*logN) as Arrays.sort() method is used.
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

Approach: The key observation in the problem is that the minimum number of boxes is same as the maximum frequency of any element in the array. Because the rest of the elements are adjusted into one another.  Below is the illustration with the help of steps:

  • Create a Hash-map to store the frequency of the elements.
  • Finally, after maintaining the frequency return the maximum frequency of the element.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

Java




// Java implementation of the
// above approach
 
import java.util.*;
 
public class Boxes {
   
    // Function to count the boxes
    // at the end
    int countBoxes(int[] A) {
       
        // Default value if
        // array is empty
        int count = -1;
        int n = A.length;
       
         // Map to store frequencies
        Map<Integer, Integer> map =
          new HashMap<>();
       
        // Loop to iterate over the
        // elements of the array
        for (int i=0; i<n; i++) {
            int key = A[i];
            map.put(key,
              map.getOrDefault(key, 0) + 1);
            int val = map.get(key);
           
            // Condition to get the maximum
            // value of the key
            if (val > count) count = val;
        }
        return count;
    }
     
    // Driver Code
    public static void main(
                  String[] args)
    {
        int[] a = {8, 15, 1, 10, 5, 1};
        Boxes obj = new Boxes();
       
        // Function Call
        int minBoxes = obj.countBoxes(a);
          System.out.println(minBoxes);
    }
}
Output
2

Time Complexity: O(N)
Auxiliary Space: O(N)




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