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Python Program For Rearranging A Given List Such That It Consists Of Alternating Minimum Maximum Elements

  • Last Updated : 03 Jan, 2022

Given a list of integers, rearrange the list such that it consists of alternating minimum-maximum elements using only list operations. The first element of the list should be minimum and the second element should be the maximum of all elements present in the list. Similarly, the third element will be the next minimum element and the fourth element is the next maximum element, and so on. Use of extra space is not permitted.

Examples:

Input:  [1 3 8 2 7 5 6 4]
Output: [1 8 2 7 3 6 4 5]

Input:  [1 2 3 4 5 6 7]
Output: [1 7 2 6 3 5 4]

Input:  [1 6 2 5 3 4]
Output: [1 6 2 5 3 4]

The idea is to sort the list in ascending order first. Then we start popping elements from the end of the list and insert them into their correct position in the list.
Below is the implementation of above idea –

Python




# Python program to rearrange a given 
# list such that it consists of alternating 
# minimum maximum elements
inp = []
  
# Function to rearrange a given list such 
# that it consists of alternating minimum 
# maximum elements
def alternateSort():
  
    global inp
      
    # Sort the list in ascending order
    inp.sort()
  
    # Get index to first element of 
    # the list
    it = 0
    it = it + 1
      
    i = 1
      
    while ( i < (len(inp) + 1)/2 ):    
        i = i + 1
          
        # pop last element (next greatest)
        val = inp[-1]
        inp.pop()
  
        # Insert it after next minimum 
        # element
        inp.insert(it, val)
  
        # Increment the pointer for next 
        # pair
        it = it + 2
      
# Driver code
# Input list
inp=[ 1, 3, 8, 2, 7, 5, 6, 4 ]
  
# Rearrange the given list
alternateSort()
  
# Print the modified list
print (inp) 
  
# This code is contributed by Arnab Kundu


Output:
1 8 2 7 3 6 4 5

Please refer complete article on Rearrange a given list such that it consists of alternating minimum maximum elements for more details!


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