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Advance Programming – 1

Chain Marketing Coding Question TCS 2020

Question 1 : Sales by Match

These questions are taken from the different sources and modified strictly according to the exam pattern.

Topic : Array Operations

Difficulty : 3/5 Stars

Expected Time to Solve : 10 minutes approx.


  • Alex works at a clothing store. There is a large pile of socks that must be paired by color for sale. Given an array of integers representing the color of each sock, determine how many pairs of socks with matching colors there are.

    For example, there are n=7 socks with colors ar = {1,2,1,2,1,3,2}. There is one pair of color 1 and one of color 2. There are three odd socks left, one of each color. The number of pairs is 2.

    Function Description
    Complete the sockMerchant function in the editor below. It must return an integer representing the number of matching pairs of socks that are available.
    sockMerchant has the following parameter(s):
                 n: the number of socks in the pile
                 ar: the colors of each sock

    Input Format
                The first line contains an integer n, the number of socks represented in ar.
                The second line contains n space-separated integers describing the colors ar[i] of the socks in the pile.

                 1 <= n <= 100
                 1 <= ar[i] <= 100 & 0 <= i < n

    Output Format
                 Return the total number of matching pairs of socks that Alex can sell.

    Sample Input
                 10 20 20 10 10 30 50 10 20
    Sample Output

                 Alex can match 3 pairs of socks i.e 10-10, 10-10, 20-20
                 while the left out socks are 50, 60, 20

Solution in C

int sockMerchant(int nint ar_countintar) {
    int i, j, count;
    int pair = 0;
    int unique=0;
    int new_ar[n];
    for(i=0; i<ar_count; i++)
        count = 0;
            new_ar[unique] = ar[i];
    for(i=0; i<unique; i++)
        count = 0;
        for(j=0; j<ar_count; j++)
        pair = pair + (count/2);  
    return pair;