Assign Cookies in C++

C++Server Side ProgrammingProgramming

Suppose we are trying to distribute some cookies to children. But, we should give each child at most one cookie. Now each child i has a greed factor gi, which is the minimum size of a cookie that the child will be content with; and each cookie j has a size sj. When sj >= gi, we can assign the cookie j to the child i, and the child i will be content. Our goal is to maximize the number of content children and output the maximum number.

So, if the input is like [1,2], [1,2,3], then the output will be 2, there are 2 children and 3 cookies. The greed factors of 2 children are 1, 2. Now we have 3 cookies and their sizes are big enough to gratify all of the children, so the output is 2.

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

  • sort the array g

  • sort the array s

  • i := 0, j = 0

  • while (i < size of g and j < size of s), do −

    • if g[i] <= s[j], then −

      • (increase i by 1)

    • (increase j by 1)

  • return i


Let us see the following implementation to get a better understanding −

 Live Demo

#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
class Solution {
   int findContentChildren(vector<int>& g, vector<int>& s) {
      sort(g.begin(), g.end());
      sort(s.begin(), s.end());
      int i = 0, j = 0;
      while (i < g.size() && j < s.size()) {
         if (g[i] <= s[j])
         return i;
   Solution ob;
   vector<int> v = {1,2}, v1 = {1,2,3};
   cout << (ob.findContentChildren(v, v1));


{1,2}, {1,2,3}


Published on 10-Jun-2020 16:22:21