We have an array arr. We need to find the sum of all the elements in the range L and R where 0 <= L <= R <= n-1. Consider a situation when there are many range queries.
Input : 3 7 2 5 8 9 query(0, 5) query(3, 5) query(2, 4) Output : 34 22 15 Note : array is 0 based indexed and queries too.
Since there are no updates/modifications, we use Sparse table to answer queries efficiently. In sparse table, we break queries in powers of 2.
Suppose we are asked to compute sum of elements from arr[i] to arr[i+12]. We do the following: // Use sum of 8 (or 23) elements table[i] = sum(arr[i], arr[i + 1], ... arr[i + 7]). // Use sum of 4 elements table[i+8] = sum(arr[i+8], arr[i+9], .. arr[i+11]). // Use sum of single element table[i + 12] = sum(arr[i + 12]). Our result is sum of above values.
Notice that it took only 4 actions to compute result over subarray of size 13.
34 22 15
This algorithm for answering queries with Sparse Table works in O(k), which is O(log(n)) because we choose minimal k such that 2^k+1 > n.
Time complexity of sparse table construction : Outer loop runs in O(k), inner loop runs in O(n). Thus, in total we get O(n * k) = O(n * log(n))
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