Counting elements in two arrays using C++

C++Server Side ProgrammingProgramming

Let us assume that we have given two unsorted arrays arr1[] and arr2[]. The task is to count the total number of elements in arr2[] for which each element of arr1[] are less than or equal to the elements present in arr2[]. However, the element in both the array may contain duplicates too.

For example,


N = 6
M = 7
arr1[N] = {1, 2, 5, 0, 6, 3}
arr2[M] = {0,0,1,2,1,3,4,6,8}


4 5 7 2 8 6

The approach used to solve this problem

To count every element of arr1[] and check if they are less than or equal to the elements in arr2[], the idea is to sort arr2[] and use the binary search method to find the element of arr1[] which are less or equal to the element present in the arr2[].

  • Take input the size of arr1 and arr1 as ‘m’ and ‘n’.

  • Take input of the array elements.

  • A function countInSecond(int *arr1, int *arr2, int m, int n) takes two arrays and its size as input and returns the count of the element present in the arr2[].

  • Sort the arr2[].

  • Iterate over the arr1[] and use binary search to find the particular element in the arr2[].

  • Return the count of the element less than or equal.


 Live Demo

#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
void countInSecond(int *nums1,int *nums2,int m,int n){
   sort(nums2, nums2+n);
   int i=0;
   for(int i=0;i<m;i++){
      int s=0;
      int e=n-1;
         int mid= (s+e)/2;
            s= mid+1;
            e= mid-1;
      cout<<e+1<<" ";
int main(){
   int m=6;
   int n=9;
   int arr1[m]={1,2,5,0,6,3};
   int arr2[n]= {0,0,1,2,1,3,4,6,8};
   return 0;


Running the above code will generate the output as,

4 5 7 2 8 6

The count of all the elements of arr1 which are less than or equal to those in arr2 is {4 5 7 2 8 6}.

Published on 05-Feb-2021 07:16:38