An array contains both positive and negative numbers in random order. Rearrange the array elements so that positive and negative numbers are placed alternatively. Number of positive and negative numbers need not be equal. If there are more positive numbers they appear at the end of the array. If there are more negative numbers, they too appear in the end of the array.

For example, if the input array is [-1, 2, -3, 4, 5, 6, -7, 8, 9], then the output should be [9, -7, 8, -3, 5, -1, 2, 4, 6]

The solution is to first separate positive and negative numbers using partition process of QuickSort. In the partition process, consider 0 as value of pivot element so that all negative numbers are placed before positive numbers. Once negative and positive numbers are separated, we start from the first negative number and first positive number, and swap every alternate negative number with next positive number.

## C

// A C++ program to put positive numbers at even indexes (0, // 2, 4,..) and negative numbers at odd indexes (1, 3, 5, ..) #include <stdio.h> // prototype for swap void swap(int *a, int *b); // The main function that rearranges elements of given array. // It puts positive elements at even indexes (0, 2, ..) and // negative numbers at odd indexes (1, 3, ..). void rearrange(int arr[], int n) { // The following few lines are similar to partition process // of QuickSort. The idea is to consider 0 as pivot and // divide the array around it. int i = -1; for (int j = 0; j < n; j++) { if (arr[j] < 0) { i++; swap(&arr[i], &arr[j]); } } // Now all positive numbers are at end and negative numbers // at the beginning of array. Initialize indexes for starting // point of positive and negative numbers to be swapped int pos = i+1, neg = 0; // Increment the negative index by 2 and positive index by 1, // i.e., swap every alternate negative number with next // positive number while (pos < n && neg < pos && arr[neg] < 0) { swap(&arr[neg], &arr[pos]); pos++; neg += 2; } } // A utility function to swap two elements void swap(int *a, int *b) { int temp = *a; *a = *b; *b = temp; } // A utility function to print an array void printArray(int arr[], int n) { for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) printf("%4d ", arr[i]); } // Driver program to test above functions int main() { int arr[] = {-1, 2, -3, 4, 5, 6, -7, 8, 9}; int n = sizeof(arr)/sizeof(arr[0]); rearrange(arr, n); printArray(arr, n); return 0; }

## Java

// A JAVA program to put positive numbers at even indexes // (0, 2, 4,..) and negative numbers at odd indexes (1, 3, // 5, ..) import java.io.*; class Alternate { // The main function that rearranges elements of given // array. It puts positive elements at even indexes (0, // 2, ..) and negative numbers at odd indexes (1, 3, ..). static void rearrange(int arr[], int n) { // The following few lines are similar to partition // process of QuickSort. The idea is to consider 0 // as pivot and divide the array around it. int i = -1, temp = 0; for (int j = 0; j < n; j++) { if (arr[j] < 0) { i++; temp = arr[i]; arr[i] = arr[j]; arr[j] = temp; } } // Now all positive numbers are at end and negative numbers at // the beginning of array. Initialize indexes for starting point // of positive and negative numbers to be swapped int pos = i+1, neg = 0; // Increment the negative index by 2 and positive index by 1, i.e., // swap every alternate negative number with next positive number while (pos < n && neg < pos && arr[neg] < 0) { temp = arr[neg]; arr[neg] = arr[pos]; arr[pos] = temp; pos++; neg += 2; } } // A utility function to print an array static void printArray(int arr[], int n) { for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) System.out.print(arr[i] + " "); } /*Driver function to check for above functions*/ public static void main (String[] args) { int arr[] = {-1, 2, -3, 4, 5, 6, -7, 8, 9}; int n = arr.length; rearrange(arr,n); System.out.println("Array after rearranging: "); printArray(arr,n); } } /*This code is contributed by Devesh Agrawal*/

## Python

# Python program to put positive numbers at even indexes (0, // 2, 4,..) and # negative numbers at odd indexes (1, 3, 5, ..) # The main function that rearranges elements of given array. # It puts positive elements at even indexes (0, 2, ..) and # negative numbers at odd indexes (1, 3, ..). def rearrange(arr, n): # The following few lines are similar to partition process # of QuickSort. The idea is to consider 0 as pivot and # divide the array around it. i = -1 for j in range(n): if (arr[j] < 0): i += 1 # swapping of arr arr[i], arr[j] = arr[j], arr[i] # Now all positive numbers are at end and negative numbers # at the beginning of array. Initialize indexes for starting # point of positive and negative numbers to be swapped pos, neg = i+1, 0 # Increment the negative index by 2 and positive index by 1, # i.e., swap every alternate negative number with next # positive number while (pos < n and neg < pos and arr[neg] < 0): # swapping of arr arr[neg], arr[pos] = arr[pos], arr[neg] pos += 1 neg += 2 # A utility function to print an array def printArray(arr, n): for i in range(n): print arr[i], # Driver program to test above functions arr = [-1, 2, -3, 4, 5, 6, -7, 8, 9] n = len(arr) rearrange(arr, n) printArray(arr, n) # Contributed by Afzal

Output:

4 -3 5 -1 6 -7 2 8 9

**Time Complexity:** O(n) where n is number of elements in given array.

**Auxiliary Space: **O(1)

Note that the partition process changes relative order of elements.

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