PassingCars - Count the number of passing cars on the road.

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1. PassingCars - Count the number of passing cars on the road.

 

  Task description:

A non-empty array A consisting of N integers is given. The consecutive elements of array A represent consecutive cars on a road.

Array A contains only 0s and/or 1s:

·        0 represents a car traveling east,

·        1 represents a car traveling west.

The goal is to count passing cars. We say that a pair of cars (P, Q), where 0 ≤ P < Q < N, is passing when P is traveling to the east and Q is traveling to the west.

For example, consider array A such that:

A[0] = 0 A[1] = 1 A[2] = 0 A[3] = 1 A[4] = 1

We have five pairs of passing cars: (0, 1), (0, 3), (0, 4), (2, 3), (2, 4).

Write a function:

class Solution { public int solution(int[] A); }

that, given a non-empty array A of N integers, returns the number of pairs of passing cars.

The function should return −1 if the number of pairs of passing cars exceeds 1,000,000,000.

For example, given:

A[0] = 0 A[1] = 1 A[2] = 0 A[3] = 1 A[4] = 1

the function should return 5, as explained above.

Write an efficient algorithm for the following assumptions:

·        N is an integer within the range [1..100,000];

·        each element of array A is an integer that can have one of the following values: 0, 1.

 

2. Solution

 

PassingCars.java

 

 package javaprograms;

 

public class PassingCars {

     public static void main(String ar[]) {

         int[] a = {0,1,0,1,1,0};

         int result = solution(a);

         System.out.println(result);

     }

     public static int solution(int[] A) {

         int[] travellingToWestPassingCars = new int[A.length];

         travellingToWestPassingCars[0] = A[0];

         int totalCarsTravelingToWest = A[0];

         for (int i = 1; i < A.length; i++) {

              travellingToWestPassingCars[i] = travellingToWestPassingCars[i - 1] + A[i];

              if (A[i] == 1) {

                  totalCarsTravelingToWest += 1;

              }

         }

 

         int numberOfPairsOfPassingCars = 0;

         for (int i = 0; i < A.length; i++) {

              if (A[i] == 0) {

                  numberOfPairsOfPassingCars += totalCarsTravelingToWest - travellingToWestPassingCars[i];

                  if (numberOfPairsOfPassingCars > 1000000000) {

                       numberOfPairsOfPassingCars = -1;

                       break;

                  }

              }

         }

 

         return numberOfPairsOfPassingCars;

     }

}

 Output:  5


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