# Smallest index in given range of indices which is not equal to X

Given an integer array **arr[]** of size **N**, and **Q** queries of the form of **{L, R, X}**, the task is to find the smallest index between **L** and **R** from the given array such that **arr[i] != X**. If no such index exists in array, print** -1**.

**Examples:**

Input:arr[] = {1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5}, query[][] = {{0, 3, 1}, {1, 5, 2}, {2, 3, 1}}

Output:1

2

-1

Explanation:

The first index from 0 to 3 which does not contain 1 is 1

The first index from 1 to 5 which does not contain 2 is 2

All the indices from 2 to 3 contain 1. Hence, the answer is -1.

Input:arr[] = { 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5}, query[][] = { { 1, 4, 2 }, { 4, 5, 1 }, { 2, 3, 1 }, { 4, 6, 1 }}

Output:2

-1

2

6

**Naive Approach:**

Iterate over the range **[L, R]** for every query and check if any index exists which does not contain **X **. If such an index is found, print that index. Otherwise, print **-1**.

**Time Complexity:** O (N * Q)

**Auxiliary Space:** O (1)

**Efficient Approach:**

The above approach can be further optimized by precomputing and storing the index of the next element which is different from the current element, for every array element, which reduces computational complexity to O(1) for every query.

Follow the steps below to solve the problem:

- Create an auxiliary array
**nextpos[]**to store for every array element, the index of the next element which is different from the current element. - Now to process every query, firstly check if the value at index
**L**is not equal to**X**. If so, then the answer will be**L**. - Otherwise, it means that
**arr[L] = X**. In this case, we need to find the next index which has a value different from**arr[L]**. This can be obtained from**nextpos[L]**. - If
**nextpos[L]**is less than equal to**R**, then print nexpos[L]. - If neither of the above conditions are satisfied, then answer will be
**-1**.

**Illustration:**

arr[] = {1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5}, query[][] = {{0, 3, 1}, {1, 5, 2}, {2, 3, 1}}

For the given arr[], nextpos[] array will be {1, 2, 4, 4, 5, 6}

For 1st Query: L = 0, R = 3, X = 1

arr[0] = 1 = X

nextpos[0] = 1( < 3)

Hence, the answer is 1.For the 2nd Query: L = 1, R = 5, X = 2

arr[1] = 2( = X)

nextpos[1] = 2( < 5)

Hence, the answer is 2.For the 3rd Query: L = 2, R = 3, X = 1

arr[2] = 1( = X)

nextpos[2] = 4( > R)

Hence, the answer is -1

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

`// C++ Program to find the smallest ` `// index in the array in the range ` `// [L, R] which does not contain X ` ` ` `#include <bits/stdc++.h> ` `using` `namespace` `std; ` ` ` `// Precompute the index of next ` `// different element in the array ` `// for every array element ` `void` `precompute(` `int` `nextpos[], ` `int` `arr[], ` ` ` `int` `N) ` `{ ` ` ` `// Default value ` ` ` `nextpos[N - 1] = N; ` ` ` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = N - 2; i >= 0; i--) { ` ` ` ` ` `// Compute nextpos[i] using ` ` ` `// nextpos[i+1] ` ` ` `if` `(arr[i] == arr[i + 1]) ` ` ` `nextpos[i] = nextpos[i + 1]; ` ` ` `else` ` ` `nextpos[i] = i + 1; ` ` ` `} ` `} ` `// Function to return the smallest index ` `void` `findIndex(` `int` `query[][3], ` `int` `arr[], ` ` ` `int` `N, ` `int` `Q) ` `{ ` ` ` `// nextpos[i] will store the next ` ` ` `// position p where arr[p]!=arr[i] ` ` ` `int` `nextpos[N]; ` ` ` `precompute(nextpos, arr, N); ` ` ` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < Q; i++) { ` ` ` `int` `l, r, x; ` ` ` `l = query[i][0]; ` ` ` `r = query[i][1]; ` ` ` `x = query[i][2]; ` ` ` ` ` `int` `ans = -1; ` ` ` ` ` `// If X is not present at l ` ` ` `if` `(arr[l] != x) ` ` ` `ans = l; ` ` ` ` ` `// Otherwise ` ` ` `else` `{ ` ` ` ` ` `// Find the index which ` ` ` `// stores a value different ` ` ` `// from X ` ` ` `int` `d = nextpos[l]; ` ` ` ` ` `// If that index is within ` ` ` `// the range ` ` ` `if` `(d <= r) ` ` ` `ans = d; ` ` ` `} ` ` ` `cout << ans << ` `"\n"` `; ` ` ` `} ` `} ` `// Driver Code ` `int` `main() ` `{ ` ` ` `int` `N, Q; ` ` ` `N = 6; ` ` ` `Q = 3; ` ` ` `int` `arr[] = { 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, 5 }; ` ` ` `int` `query[Q][3] = { { 0, 3, 1 }, ` ` ` `{ 1, 5, 2 }, ` ` ` `{ 2, 3, 1 } }; ` ` ` ` ` `findIndex(query, arr, N, Q); ` ` ` ` ` `return` `0; ` `} ` |

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**Output:**

1 2 -1

**Time Complexity:** O(N)

**Auxiliary Space:** O(N)

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