# Minimum Distances – HackerRank Solution

In this post, we will solve Minimum Distances HackerRank Solution. This problem (Minimum Distances) is a part of HackerRank Problem Solving series.

Contents

The distance between two array values is the number of indices between them. Given a, find the minimum distance between any pair of equal elements in the array. If no such value exists, return -1.

Example

a = [3, 2, 1, 2, 3]

There are two matching pairs of values: 3 and 2. The indices of the 3‘s are i = 0 and j = 4, so their distance is d[i, j] = |ji| = 4. The indices of the 2‘s are i = 1 and j = 3, so their distance is d[i, j] = |ji| = 2. The minimum distance is 2.

Function Description

Complete the minimumDistances function in the editor below.

minimumDistances has the following parameter(s):

• int a[n]: an array of integers

Returns

• int: the minimum distance found or -1 if there are no matching elements

## Input Format

The first line contains an integer n, the size of array a.
The second line contains n space-separated integers a[i].

## Constraints

• 1 <= n <= 103
• 1 <= a[i] <= 105

## Output Format

Print a single integer denoting the minimum d[i, j] in a. If no such value exists, print -1.

Sample Input

``````STDIN           Function
-----           --------
6               arr[] size n = 6
7 1 3 4 1 7     arr = [7, 1, 3, 4, 1, 7]``````

Sample Output

``3``

Explanation

There are two pairs to consider:

• a and a are both 1, so d[1, 4] = |1 – 4} = 3.
• a and a are both 7, so d[0, 5] = |0 – 5} = 5.

The answer is min(3, 5) = 3.

## Solution – Minimum Distances – HackerRank Solution

### C++

```#include <map>
#include <set>
#include <list>
#include <cmath>
#include <ctime>
#include <deque>
#include <queue>
#include <stack>
#include <string>
#include <bitset>
#include <cstdio>
#include <limits>
#include <vector>
#include <climits>
#include <cstring>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <fstream>
#include <numeric>
#include <sstream>
#include <iostream>
#include <algorithm>
#include <unordered_map>

using namespace std;

// Brute force approach passes all test cases, but as with most questions of this format
// we can do better using a hashtable to get O(n) instead of O(n^2)
int main(){
int n;
cin >> n;
vector<int> A(n);
for(int i = 0; i < n;i++){
cin >> A[i];
}
int minDistance = INT_MAX;
for(int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
for(int j = i+1; j < n; j++) {
if(A[i] == A[j] && j-i < minDistance) {
minDistance = j-i;
}
}
}
if(minDistance == INT_MAX) {
cout<<"-1";
} else {
cout<<minDistance;
}
return 0;
}```

### Python

```import sys

def minimumDistances(array):
res = -1
memo = [-1] * (10**5 + 3)

for ind, el in enumerate(array):
if memo[el] >= 0:
res = min(res if res >= 0 else 10**5 + 2, ind - memo[el])
memo[el] = ind

return res

if __name__ == "__main__":
n = int(input().strip())
a = list(map(int, input().strip().split(' ')))
result = minimumDistances(a)
print(result)
```

### Java

```import java.io.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.text.*;
import java.math.*;
import java.util.regex.*;

public class Solution {

public static void main(String[] args) {
Scanner in = new Scanner(System.in);
int n = in.nextInt();
int a[] = new int[n];
for(int i=0; i < n; i++){
a[i] = in.nextInt();
}
int min = Integer.MAX_VALUE;
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
for (int j = i+1; j < n; j++) {
if (a[i] == a[j]) {
int temp = j - i;
if (temp < min) {
min = temp;
}
}
}
}
if (min == Integer.MAX_VALUE)
min = -1;
System.out.println(min);
}
}
```

Note: This problem (Minimum Distances) is generated by HackerRank but the solution is provided by CodingBroz. This tutorial is only for Educational and Learning purpose.