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# Next Smaller Element

• Difficulty Level : Medium
• Last Updated : 31 Aug, 2021

Given an array, print the Next Smaller Element (NSE) for every element. The Smaller smaller Element for an element x is the first smaller element on the right side of x in array. Elements for which no smaller element exist (on right side), consider next smaller element as -1.
Examples:
a) For any array, rightmost element always has next smaller element as -1.
b) For an array which is sorted in increasing order, all elements have next smaller element as -1.
c) For the input array [4, 8, 5, 2, 25}, the next smaller elements for each element are as follows.

```Element       NSE
4      -->   2
8      -->   5
5      -->   2
2      -->   -1
25     -->   -1```

d) For the input array [13, 7, 6, 12}, the next smaller elements for each element are as follows.

```  Element        NSE
13      -->    7
7       -->    6
6       -->    -1
12     -->     -1```

Method 1 (Simple)
Use two loops: The outer loop picks all the elements one by one. The inner loop looks for the first smaller element for the element picked by outer loop. If a smaller element is found then that element is printed as next, otherwise, -1 is printed.
Thanks to Sachin for providing following code.

## C++

 `// Simple C++ program to print``// next smaller elements in a given array``#include "bits/stdc++.h"``using` `namespace` `std;` `/* prints element and NSE pair``for all elements of arr[] of size n */``void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``int` `next, i, j;``    ``for` `(i = 0; i < n; i++)``    ``{``        ``next = -1;``        ``for` `(j = i + 1; j < n; j++)``        ``{``            ``if` `(arr[i] > arr[j])``            ``{``                ``next = arr[j];``                ``break``;``            ``}``        ``}``        ``cout << arr[i] << ``" -- "``             ``<< next << endl;``    ``}``}` `// Driver Code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[]= {11, 13, 21, 3};``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr);``    ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``return` `0;``}` `// This code is contributed by shivanisinghss2110`

## C

 `// Simple C program to print next smaller elements``// in a given array``#include` `/* prints element and NSE pair for all elements of``arr[] of size n */``void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``int` `next, i, j;``    ``for` `(i=0; i arr[j])``            ``{``                ``next = arr[j];``                ``break``;``            ``}``        ``}``        ``printf``(``"%d -- %d\n"``, arr[i], next);``    ``}``}` `int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[]= {11, 13, 21, 3};``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr)/``sizeof``(arr);``    ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Simple Java program to print next``// smaller elements in a given array` `class` `Main {``    ``/* prints element and NSE pair for``     ``all elements of arr[] of size n */``    ``static` `void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `next, i, j;``        ``for` `(i = ``0``; i < n; i++) {``            ``next = -``1``;``            ``for` `(j = i + ``1``; j < n; j++) {``                ``if` `(arr[i] > arr[j]) {``                    ``next = arr[j];``                    ``break``;``                ``}``            ``}``            ``System.out.println(arr[i] + ``" -- "` `+ next);``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])``    ``{``        ``int` `arr[] = { ``11``, ``13``, ``21``, ``3` `};``        ``int` `n = arr.length;``        ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``}``}`

## Python

 `# Function to print element and NSE pair for all elements of list``def` `printNSE(arr):` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``0``, ``len``(arr), ``1``):` `        ``next` `=` `-``1``        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(i ``+` `1``, ``len``(arr), ``1``):``            ``if` `arr[i] > arr[j]:``                ``next` `=` `arr[j]``                ``break``            ` `        ``print``(``str``(arr[i]) ``+` `" -- "` `+` `str``(``next``))` `# Driver program to test above function``arr ``=` `[``11``, ``13``, ``21``, ``3``]``printNSE(arr)` `# This code is contributed by Sunny Karira`

## C#

 `// Simple C# program to print next``// smaller elements in a given array``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {` `    ``/* prints element and NSE pair for``    ``all elements of arr[] of size n */``    ``static` `void` `printNSE(``int``[] arr, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `next, i, j;``        ``for` `(i = 0; i < n; i++) {``            ``next = -1;``            ``for` `(j = i + 1; j < n; j++) {``                ``if` `(arr[i] > arr[j]) {``                    ``next = arr[j];``                    ``break``;``                ``}``            ``}``            ``Console.WriteLine(arr[i] + ``" -- "` `+ next);``        ``}``    ``}` `    ``// driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``int``[] arr = { 11, 13, 21, 3 };``        ``int` `n = arr.Length;` `        ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Sam007`

## PHP

 ` ``\$arr``[``\$j``])``            ``{``                ``\$next` `= ``\$arr``[``\$j``];``                ``break``;``            ``}``        ``}``        ``echo` `\$arr``[``\$i``].``" -- "``. ``\$next``.``"\n"``;``        ` `    ``}``}` `    ``// Driver Code``    ``\$arr``= ``array``(11, 13, 21, 3);``    ``\$n` `= ``count``(``\$arr``);``    ``printNSE(``\$arr``, ``\$n``);``    ` `// This code is contributed by Sam007``?>`

## Javascript

 ``
Output:
```11 -- 3
13 -- 3
21 -- 3
3 -- -1```

Time Complexity: O(n^2). The worst case occurs when all elements are sorted in decreasing order.
Method 2 (Using Stack)
This problem is similar to next greater element. Here we maintain items in increasing order in the stack (instead of decreasing in next greater element problem).
1) Push the first element to stack.
2) Pick rest of the elements one by one and follow following steps in loop.
….a) Mark the current element as next
….b) If stack is not empty, then pop an element from stack and compare it with next
….c) If next is smaller than the popped element, then next is the next smaller element for the popped element.
….d) Keep popping from the stack while the popped element is greater than next. next becomes the next smaller element for all such popped elements
3) After the loop in step 2 is over, pop all the elements from stack and print -1 as next element for them.

## C++

 `// A Stack based C++ program to find next``// smaller element for all array elements.``#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;` `/* prints element and NSE pair for all``elements of arr[] of size n */``void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``stack<``int``> s;` `    ``/* push the first element to stack */``    ``s.push(arr);` `    ``// iterate for rest of the elements``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n; i++) {` `        ``if` `(s.empty()) {``            ``s.push(arr[i]);``            ``continue``;``        ``}` `        ``/* if stack is not empty, then``       ``pop an element from stack.``       ``If the popped element is greater``       ``than next, then``    ``a) print the pair``    ``b) keep popping while elements are``    ``greater and stack is not empty */``        ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false` `&& s.top() > arr[i]) {``            ``cout << s.top() << ``" --> "` `<< arr[i] << endl;``            ``s.pop();``        ``}` `        ``/* push next to stack so that we can find``    ``next smaller for it */``        ``s.push(arr[i]);``    ``}` `    ``/* After iterating over the loop, the remaining``  ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``  ``element, so print -1 for them */``    ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false``) {``        ``cout << s.top() << ``" --> "` `<< -1 << endl;``        ``s.pop();``    ``}``}` `/* Driver program to test above functions */``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = { 11, 13, 21, 3 };``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr);``    ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// A Stack based Java program to find next``// smaller element for all array elements.``import` `java.util.*;``import` `java.lang.*;``import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG``{``    ``/* prints element and NSE pair for all``    ``elements of arr[] of size n */``    ``public` `static` `void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``Stack s = ``new` `Stack();``        ` `        ``/* push the first element to stack */``        ``s.push(arr[``0``]);``        ` `        ``// iterate for rest of the elements``        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``1``; i < n; i++) {` `        ``if` `(s.empty()) {``            ``s.push(arr[i]);``            ``continue``;``        ``}``    ` `        ` `        ``/* if stack is not empty, then``        ``pop an element from stack.``        ``If the popped element is greater``        ``than next, then``        ``a) print the pair``        ``b) keep popping while elements are``        ``greater and stack is not empty */``    ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false` `&& s.peek() > arr[i]) {``            ``System.out.println(s.peek() + ``" --> "` `+ arr[i]);``            ``s.pop();``        ``}``        ` `        ``/* push next to stack so that we can find``        ``next smaller for it */``        ``s.push(arr[i]);``        ``}``        ` `        ``/* After iterating over the loop, the remaining``        ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``        ``element, so print -1 for them */``            ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false``) {``        ``System.out.println(s.peek() + ``" --> "` `+ ``"-1"``);``        ``s.pop();``        ``}``    ``}``    ``/* Driver program to test above functions */``    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args) {``        ``int` `arr[] = { ``11``, ``13``, ``21``, ``3``};``        ``int` `n = arr.length;``        ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``}``}`

## Python3

 `#  A Stack based Python program to find``#  "Next Smaller Element" for all array elements``#  in same order as input.`  `# function  take argument 1. array and 2.size of array``def` `NSE(arr, n):` `    ``# An empty stack``    ``stack ``=` `[]``    ``# A list where we store the result` `    ``result ``=` `[]``    ``# iterate over the array``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(n``-``1``, ``-``1``, ``-``1``):` `        ``# if length of stack is not zero``        ``# and top of stack is greater than current array element``        ``# then pop till the smaller element found in stack top` `        ``# Note:- here current means i` `        ``while` `len``(stack) > ``0` `and` `arr[i] < stack[``-``1``]:``            ``stack.pop()` `        ``# if the length of stack is zero then it means``        ``# there are no any element less than current``        ``# so add -1 to result.` `        ``if` `len``(stack) ``=``=` `0``:``            ``result.append(``-``1``)` `        ``# if length of stack is not zero than``        ``# it means top of stack is next smaller element for current` `        ``else``:``            ``result.append(stack[``-``1``])` `        ``# push next current to stack``        ``stack.append(arr[i])` `    ``# we have to reverse result because``    ``# we have stored the element in result in reverse order``    ``result ``=` `result[``-``1``::``-``1``]` `    ``return` `result` `#  Driver program to test above functions`  `arr ``=` `[``11``, ``13``, ``21``, ``3``]``n ``=` `len``(arr)``result ``=` `NSE(arr, n)``for` `i ``in` `range``(n):``    ``print``(``str``(arr[i]) ``+` `"   --->  "` `+` `str``(result[i]))` `# This code is contributed by Ritesh Vishwakarma`

## C#

 `// A Stack based C# program to find next``// smaller element for all array elements.``using` `System;``using` `System.Collections.Generic;``public` `class` `GFG``{``    ``/* prints element and NSE pair for all``    ``elements of arr[] of size n */``    ``public` `static` `void` `printNSE(``int` `[]arr, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``Stack<``int``> s = ``new` `Stack<``int``>();``         ` `        ``/* push the first element to stack */``        ``s.Push(arr);``         ` `        ``// iterate for rest of the elements``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n; i++) {`` ` `        ``if` `(s.Count==0) {``            ``s.Push(arr[i]);``            ``continue``;``        ``}``     ` `         ` `        ``/* if stack is not empty, then``        ``pop an element from stack.``        ``If the popped element is greater``        ``than next, then``        ``a) print the pair``        ``b) keep popping while elements are``        ``greater and stack is not empty */``    ``while` `(s.Count !=0 && s.Peek() > arr[i]) {``            ``Console.WriteLine(s.Peek() + ``" --> "` `+ arr[i]);``            ``s.Pop();``        ``}``         ` `        ``/* push next to stack so that we can find``        ``next smaller for it */``        ``s.Push(arr[i]);``        ``}``         ` `        ``/* After iterating over the loop, the remaining``        ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``        ``element, so print -1 for them */``            ``while` `(s.Count!=0) {``        ``Console.WriteLine(s.Peek() + ``" --> "` `+ ``"-1"``);``        ``s.Pop();``        ``}``    ``}``    ``/* Driver program to test above functions */``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main () {``        ``int` `[]arr = { 11, 13, 21, 3};``        ``int` `n = arr.Length;``        ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``}``}``//This code is contributed by PrinciRaj1992`

## Javascript

 ``
Output:
```21 --> 3
13 --> 3
11 --> 3
3 --> -1```

Time Complexity: O(n). The worst case occurs when all elements are sorted in increasing order. If elements are sorted in increasing order, then every element is processed at most 4 times.
a) Initially pushed to the stack.
b) Popped from the stack when next element is being processed.
c) Pushed back to the stack because next element is smaller.
d) Popped from the stack in step 3 of algo.
How to get elements in same order as input?
The above approach may not produce output elements in same order as input. To achieve same order, we can use an unordered_map in C++ (or HashMap in Java).

## C++

 `// A Stack based C++ program to find next``// smaller element for all array elements``// in same order as input.``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `/* prints element and NSE pair for all``elements of arr[] of size n */``void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``stack<``int``> s;``    ``unordered_map<``int``, ``int``> mp;` `    ``/* push the first element to stack */``    ``s.push(arr);``    `  `    ``// iterate for rest of the elements``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n; i++) {` `        ``if` `(s.empty()) {``            ``s.push(arr[i]);``            ``continue``;``        ``}` `        ``/* if stack is not empty, then``       ``pop an element from stack.``       ``If the popped element is greater``       ``than next, then``    ``a) print the pair``    ``b) keep popping while elements are``    ``greater and stack is not empty */``        ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false` `&& s.top() > arr[i]) {``            ``mp[s.top()] = arr[i];``            ``s.pop();``        ``}` `        ``/* push next to stack so that we can find``    ``next smaller for it */``        ``s.push(arr[i]);``    ``}` `    ``/* After iterating over the loop, the remaining``  ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``  ``element, so print -1 for them */``    ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false``) {``         ``mp[s.top()] = -1;``        ``s.pop();``    ``}` `    ``for` `(``int` `i=0; i "` `<< mp[arr[i]] << endl;``}` `/* Driver program to test above functions */``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `arr[] = { 11, 13, 21, 3 };``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr);``    ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// A Stack based Java program to find next``// smaller element for all array elements``// in same order as input.``import` `java.util.*;``import` `java.lang.*;``import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG``{``    ``/* prints element and NSE pair for all``    ``elements of arr[] of size n */``public` `static` `void` `printNSE(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``Stack s = ``new` `Stack();``    ``HashMap mp = ``new` `HashMap();``        ` `    ``/* push the first element to stack */``    ``s.push(arr[``0``]);``        ` `        ` `    ``// iterate for rest of the elements``    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``1``; i < n; i++) {` `        ``if` `(s.empty()) {``            ``s.push(arr[i]);``            ``continue``;``        ``}``        ` `        ` `        ``/* if stack is not empty, then``    ``pop an element from stack.``    ``If the popped element is greater``    ``than next, then``    ``a) print the pair``    ``b) keep popping while elements are``    ``greater and stack is not empty */``    ` `    ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false` `&& s.peek() > arr[i]) {``            ``mp.put(s.peek(), arr[i]);``            ``s.pop();``        ``}``        ` `        ``/* push next to stack so that we can find``        ``next smaller for it */``        ``s.push(arr[i]);``    ``}``        ` `        ` `        ` `    ``/* After iterating over the loop, the remaining``    ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``    ``element, so print -1 for them */``    ``while` `(s.empty() == ``false``) {``        ``mp.put(s.peek(), -``1``);``        ``s.pop();``    ``}``    ` `    ` `    ``for` `(``int` `i=``0``; i "` `+ mp.get(arr[i]));``}``    ` `    ``/* Driver program to test above functions */``    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args) {``        ``int` `arr[] = { ``11``, ``13``, ``21``, ``3``};``        ``int` `n = arr.length;``        ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``}``}`

## Python3

 `# A Stack based Python3 program to find next``# smaller element for all array elements``# in same order as input.using System;` `""" prints element and NSE pair for all``elements of arr[] of size n """``def` `printNSE(arr, n):``    ``s ``=` `[]``    ``mp ``=` `{}` `    ``# push the first element to stack``    ``s.append(arr[``0``])`  `    ``# iterate for rest of the elements``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``1``, n):``        ``if` `(``len``(s) ``=``=` `0``):``            ``s.append(arr[i])``            ``continue``            ` `        ``""" if stack is not empty, then``        ``pop an element from stack.``        ``If the popped element is greater``        ``than next, then``        ``a) print the pair``        ``b) keep popping while elements are``        ``greater and stack is not empty """``        ``while` `(``len``(s) !``=` `0` `and` `s[``-``1``] > arr[i]):``            ``mp[s[``-``1``]] ``=` `arr[i]``            ``s.pop()` `        ``""" push next to stack so that we can find``        ``next smaller for it """``        ``s.append(arr[i])` `    ``""" After iterating over the loop, the remaining``    ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``    ``element, so print -1 for them """``    ``while` `(``len``(s) !``=` `0``):``        ``mp[s[``-``1``]] ``=` `-``1``        ``s.pop()` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(n):``        ``print``(arr[i], ``"--->"``, mp[arr[i]])` `arr ``=` `[``11``, ``13``, ``21``, ``3``]``n ``=` `len``(arr)``printNSE(arr, n)` `# This code is contributed by decode2207.`

## C#

 `// A Stack based C# program to find next``// smaller element for all array elements``// in same order as input.using System;``using` `System;``using` `System.Collections.Generic;` `class` `GFG``{``    ``/* prints element and NSE pair for all``    ``elements of arr[] of size n */``    ``public` `static` `void` `printNSE(``int` `[]arr, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``Stack<``int``> s = ``new` `Stack<``int``>();``        ``Dictionary<``int``, ``int``> mp = ``new` `Dictionary<``int``, ``int``>();` `        ``/* push the first element to stack */``        ``s.Push(arr);`  `        ``// iterate for rest of the elements``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 1; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``if` `(s.Count==0)``            ``{``                ``s.Push(arr[i]);``                ``continue``;``            ``}``            ``/* if stack is not empty, then``            ``pop an element from stack.``            ``If the popped element is greater``            ``than next, then``            ``a) print the pair``            ``b) keep popping while elements are``            ``greater and stack is not empty */``            ``while` `(s.Count != 0 && s.Peek() > arr[i])``            ``{``                ``mp.Add(s.Peek(), arr[i]);``                ``s.Pop();``            ``}` `            ``/* push next to stack so that we can find``            ``next smaller for it */``            ``s.Push(arr[i]);``        ``}`   `        ``/* After iterating over the loop, the remaining``        ``elements in stack do not have the next smaller``        ``element, so print -1 for them */``        ``while` `(s.Count != 0)``        ``{``            ``mp.Add(s.Peek(), -1);``            ``s.Pop();``        ``}`  `        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)``        ``Console.WriteLine(arr[i] + ``" ---> "` `+ mp[arr[i]]);``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``int` `[]arr = {11, 13, 21, 3};``        ``int` `n = arr.Length;``        ``printNSE(arr, n);``    ``}``}``// This code is contributed by``// 29AjayKumar`

## Javascript

 ``
Output:
```11 ---> 3
13 ---> 3
21 ---> 3
3 ---> -1```

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