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Maximum subarray

Last Updated: 26 Nov, 2020
Difficulty: Moderate


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Ninjas has been given an array. He wants to find a subarray such that the sum of all elements in the subarray is maximum.

Subarray 'A' is greater than sub-array 'B' if sum(A) > sum(B). If two sub-array have the same maximum sum, then output the subarray that has a larger length.

A subarray means a contiguous part of an array. For example, In 'arr' = [1, 2, 3, 4], [1, 2], [2, 3, 4] are the contiguous subarry but [1, 3, 4] is not a subarray.


More than one sub-array can have a maximum sum, in that case, output any.
Input Format:
The first line contains an integer 'T' which denotes the number of test cases or queries to be run.

The first line of each test case contains a single integer ‘N’ denoting the size of the array.

The second line of each test case contains ‘N’ space-separated integers denoting the elements of the array.
Output Format:
For each case, If the returned subarray is correct then print 1, else print 0.

The output of each test case will be printed in a separate line.
You do not need to input or print anything, and it has already been taken care of. Just implement the given function.
1 <= T <= 5
1 <= N <= 1000
-99 <= |arr| <= 99

Time limit: 1 sec.

Approach 1

Our Brute force approach will figure out all the possible combinations possible. To find a subarray, we need to know both the starting point and the ending out of the array. We can make a loop that would iterate through the array. During each iteration, we will make another nested loop inside which will take all possible combinations where the starting index will be the pointer of the parent loop and the endpoint will be the pointer of the current loop. We can take a few variables which would be updated whenever we get a new subarray with a larger sum.




  • Declare a variable ‘maxSum’ and initialize it as ‘minimum integer’
  • Declare and initialize two variables as ‘start’ and ‘end’ and initialize them as ‘0’ and ‘-1’ respectively.
  • Run a loop ‘i’ = 0 to ‘N’ traversing all the elements
    • Declare a local variable as ‘localSum’ and initialize it as ‘0’
    • Run a loop ‘j’ = ‘i’ to N
      • Add the current element to the ‘localSum’
      • If the ‘localSum’ is greater than the ‘maxSum’
        • ‘maxSum’ = ‘localSum’
        • ‘start’ = ‘i’
        • ‘end’  = ‘j
      • If the 'localSum' is equal to the ‘maxSum’ and the difference between ‘end’ and ‘start’ is less than the difference between ‘j’ and ‘i’
        • ‘start’ = ‘i’
        • ‘end’ = ‘j’
  • Return the part of the array starting from ‘start’ and ending at ‘end’.


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