# Minimum Flips to Make a OR b Equal to c in C++

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Suppose we have 3 positives numbers a, b and c. We have to find the minimum flips required in some bits of a and b to make (a OR b == c ). Here we are considering bitwise OR operation.

The flip operation consists of change any single bit 1 to 0 or change the bit 0 to 1 in their binary representation. So if a : 0010 and b := 0110, so c is 0101, After flips, a will be 0001, and b will be 0100

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

• ans := 0
• for i in range 0 to 31
• bitC := (c / 2^i) AND 1
• bitA := (a / 2^i) AND 1
• bitB := (b / 2^i) AND 1
• if (bitA OR bitB) is not same as bitC, then
• if bitC is 0
• if bitA = 1 and bitB = 1, then increase ans by 2, otherwise increase ans by 1
• otherwise increase ans by 1
• return ans

## Example(C++)

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

Live Demo

#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
class Solution {
public:
int minFlips(int a, int b, int c) {
int ans = 0;
for(int i = 0; i < 32; i++){
int bitC = (c >> i) & 1;
int bitA = (a >> i) & 1;
int bitB = (b >> i) & 1;
if((bitA || bitB) != bitC){
if(!bitC){
if(bitA == 1 && bitB == 1){
ans += 2;
}
else {
ans += 1;
}
}
else{
ans += 1;
}
}
}
return ans;
}
};
main(){
Solution ob;
cout << (ob.minFlips(2,6,5));
}

## Input

2
6
5

## Output

3
Published on 18-Mar-2020 05:52:01