Check if a number has same number of set and unset bits in C++

In this section we will check whether a number has same number of set bits and unset bits or not. Suppose the number 12 is there. Its binary representation is 1100. This has same number of 0s and 1s.

The approach is simple. We will check each bit of the number, and if that is 1, then increase set_bit_count, and if it is 0, then increase unset_bit_count. Finally, if they are same, then return true, otherwise false.


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#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
bool hasSameSetUnset(int n) {
   int set_count = 0, unset_count = 0;
      if((n & 1) == 1){
      n = n >> 1; //shift to right
   if(set_count == unset_count)
   return true;
   return false;
int main() {
   int num = 35; //100011
      cout << "Has same set, unset bits";
      cout << "Not same number of set, unset bits";


Has same set, unset bits

Updated on: 27-Sep-2019


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