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Minimum number of given operations required to reduce the array to 0 element
  • Last Updated : 14 May, 2021

Given an array arr[] of N integers. The task is to find the minimum number of given operations required to reduce the array to 0 elements. In a single operation, any element can be chosen from the array and all of its multiples get removed including itself.
Examples: 
 

Input: arr[] = {2, 4, 6, 3, 4, 6, 8} 
Output:
Operation 1: Choose 2 and delete all the multiples, arr[] = {3} 
Operation 3: Choose 3 and the array gets reduced to 0 element.
Input: arr[] = {2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4} 
Output:
 

 

Naive approach: Find minimum from the array at each step and traverse the entire array to find multiples of these elements and delete them.
Efficient approach: 
 

  • Create a count array that stores the count of each number in the array.
  • Since we know that for a number x the elements which satisfy the condition (A % x == 0) are actually the multiples of x and hence we need to find the multiples for every number and set their frequencies to 0 including the chosen element itself.
  • Now for every number, we traverse its multiples once and subtract the value of the count of that number from all of its multiples.

Below is the implementation of the above approach: 
 



C++




// C++ implementation of the approach
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
 
// Function to return the minimum
// operations required
int minOperations(int* arr, int n)
{
    int maxi, result = 0;
 
    // Count the frequency of each element
    vector<int> freq(1000001, 0);
    for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
        int x = arr[i];
        freq[x]++;
    }
 
    // Maximum element from the array
    maxi = *(max_element(arr, arr + n));
    for (int i = 1; i <= maxi; i++) {
        if (freq[i] != 0) {
 
            // Find all the multiples of i
            for (int j = i * 2; j <= maxi; j = j + i) {
 
                // Delete the multiples
                freq[j] = 0;
            }
 
            // Increment the operations
            result++;
        }
    }
    return result;
}
 
// Driver code
int main()
{
    int arr[] = { 2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4 };
    int n = sizeof(arr) / sizeof(arr[0]);
 
    cout << minOperations(arr, n);
 
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java implementation of the approach
import java.util.Arrays;
 
class GFG
{
 
    // Function to return the minimum
    // operations required
    static int minOperations(int[] arr, int n)
    {
        int maxi, result = 0;
 
        // Count the frequency of each element
        int[] freq = new int[1000001];
        for (int i = 0; i < n; i++)
        {
            int x = arr[i];
            freq[x]++;
        }
 
        // Maximum element from the array
        maxi = Arrays.stream(arr).max().getAsInt();
        for (int i = 1; i <= maxi; i++)
        {
            if (freq[i] != 0)
            {
 
                // Find all the multiples of i
                for (int j = i * 2; j <= maxi; j = j + i)
                {
 
                    // Delete the multiples
                    freq[j] = 0;
                }
 
                // Increment the operations
                result++;
            }
        }
        return result;
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        int arr[] = {2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4};
        int n = arr.length;
 
        System.out.println(minOperations(arr, n));
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar

Python3




# Python3 implementation of the approach
 
# Function to return the minimum
# operations required
def minOperations(arr, n):
 
    result = 0
     
    # Count the frequency of each element
    freq = [0] * 1000001
     
    for i in range(0, n):
        freq[arr[i]] += 1
 
    # Maximum element from the array
    maxi = max(arr)
    for i in range(1, maxi+1):
        if freq[i] != 0:
 
            # Find all the multiples of i
            for j in range(i * 2, maxi+1, i):
 
                # Delete the multiples
                freq[j] = 0
 
            # Increment the operations
            result += 1
         
    return result
 
# Driver code
if __name__ == "__main__":
 
    arr = [2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4]
    n = len(arr)
 
    print(minOperations(arr, n))
 
# This code is contributed by Rituraj Jain

C#




// C# implementation of above approach
using System;
using System.Linq;
 
class GFG
{
 
    // Function to return the minimum
    // operations required
    static int minOperations(int[] arr, int n)
    {
        int maxi, result = 0;
 
        // Count the frequency of each element
        int[] freq = new int[1000001];
        for (int i = 0; i < n; i++)
        {
            int x = arr[i];
            freq[x]++;
        }
 
        // Maximum element from the array
        maxi = arr.Max();
        for (int i = 1; i <= maxi; i++)
        {
            if (freq[i] != 0)
            {
 
                // Find all the multiples of i
                for (int j = i * 2; j <= maxi; j = j + i)
                {
 
                    // Delete the multiples
                    freq[j] = 0;
                }
 
                // Increment the operations
                result++;
            }
        }
        return result;
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
        int []arr = {2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4};
        int n = arr.Length;
 
        Console.WriteLine(minOperations(arr, n));
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by Rajput-Ji

PHP




<?php
// PHP implementation of the approach
 
// Function to return the minimum
// operations required
function minOperations($arr, $n)
{
    $result = 0;
     
    $freq = array();
     
    // Count the frequency of each element
    for($i = 0; $i < $n; $i++)
    {
        $freq[$arr[$i]] = 0;
    }
     
    for ($i = 0; $i < $n; $i++)
    {
        $x = $arr[$i];
        $freq[$x]++;
    }
 
    // Maximum element from the array
    $maxi = max($arr);
    for ($i = 1; $i <= $maxi; $i++)
    {
        if ($freq[$i] != 0)
        {
 
            // Find all the multiples of i
            for ($j = $i * 2;
                 $j <= $maxi; $j = $j + $i)
            {
 
                // Delete the multiples
                $freq[$j] = 0;
            }
 
            // Increment the operations
            $result++;
        }
    }
    return $result;
}
 
// Driver code
$arr = array( 2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4 );
$n = count($arr);
 
echo minOperations($arr, $n);
 
// This code is contributed by AnkitRai01
?>

Javascript




<script>
 
// Javascript implementation of the approach
 
// Function to return the minimum
// operations required
function minOperations(arr, n)
{
    let maxi, result = 0;
 
    // Count the frequency of each element
    let freq = new Array(1000001).fill(0);
    for (let i = 0; i < n; i++) {
        let x = arr[i];
        freq[x]++;
    }
 
    // Maximum element from the array
    maxi = Math.max(...arr);
    for (let i = 1; i <= maxi; i++) {
        if (freq[i] != 0) {
 
            // Find all the multiples of i
            for (let j = i * 2; j <= maxi; j = j + i) {
 
                // Delete the multiples
                freq[j] = 0;
            }
 
            // Increment the operations
            result++;
        }
    }
    return result;
}
 
// Driver code
    let arr = [ 2, 4, 2, 4, 4, 4 ];
    let n = arr.length;
 
    document.write(minOperations(arr, n));
 
</script>
Output: 
1

 

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