# Program to count maximum number of distinct pairs whose differences are larger than target in Python

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Suppose we have a list of numbers called nums and another value target. We have to find the maximum number of pairs where for each pair i < j, i and j are not in any other pair, and |nums[i] - nums[j]| >= target.

So, if the input is like nums = [2, 4, 6, 10, 11], target = 5, then the output will be 2, as we can get pairs: (2, 6), (5, 10)

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

• N := size of A
• sort the list A
• ans := 0
• j := N / 2
• for i in range 0 to N / 2, do
• while j < N and A[j] - A[i] < target, do
• j := j + 1
• if j < N, then
• ans := ans + 1
• j := j + 1
• return ans

Let us see the following implementation to get better understanding −

## Example

Live Demo

class Solution:
def solve(self, A, target):
N = len(A)
A.sort()
ans = 0
j = N >> 1
for i in range(N >> 1):
while j < N and A[j] - A[i] < target:
j += 1
if j < N:
ans += 1
j += 1
return ans
ob = Solution()
nums = [2, 4, 6, 10, 11]
target = 5
print(ob.solve(nums, target))

## Input

[2, 4, 6, 10, 11], 5

## Output

2