# Find array with k number of merge sort calls in Python

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Suppose we have two numbers a and b, we have to find an array containing values in range [1, a] and requires exactly b number of calls of recursive merge sort function.

So, if the input is like a = 10, b = 15, then the output will be [3,1,4,6,2,8,5,9,10,7]

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

• Define a function solve() . This will take left, right, array,b
• if b < 1 or left + 1 is same as right, then
• return
• b := b - 2
• mid := (left + right) / 2
• temp := array[mid - 1]
• array[mid-1] := array[mid]
• array[mid] := temp
• solve(left, mid, array, b)
• solve(mid, right, array, b)
• From the main method do the following −
• if b mod 2 is same as 0, then
• display "None"
• return
• array := an array of size n + 1, and fill with 0
• array := 1
• for i in range 1 to a, do
• array[i] := i + 1
• b := b - 1
• solve(0, a, array, b)
• return array, a

## Example

Let us see the following implementation to get better understanding −

Live Demo

def solve(left,right,array,b):
if (b < 1 or left + 1 == right):
return
b -= 2
mid = (left + right) // 2
temp = array[mid - 1]
array[mid-1] = array[mid]
array[mid] = temp
solve(left, mid, array, b)
solve(mid, right, array, b)
def find_arr(a,b):
if (b % 2 == 0):
print("None")
return
array = [0 for i in range(a + 2)]
array = 1
for i in range(1, a):
array[i] = i + 1
b -=1
solve(0, a, array, b)
return array, a
a = 10
b = 15
array, size = find_arr(a, b)
print(array[:size])

## Input

10,15

## Output

[3, 1, 4, 6, 2, 8, 5, 9, 10, 7]