Maximum Gap

Desicription

Given an unsorted array, find the maximum difference between the successive elements in its sorted form.

Return 0 if the array contains less than 2 elements.

Example 1:

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Input: [3,6,9,1]
Output: 3
Explanation: The sorted form of the array is [1,3,6,9], either
(3,6) or (6,9) has the maximum difference 3.

Example 2:

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Input: [10]
Output: 0
Explanation: The array contains less than 2 elements, therefore return 0.

Note:

  • You may assume all elements in the array are non-negative integers and fit in the 32-bit signed integer range.
  • Try to solve it in linear time/space.

Solution

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class Solution {
public:
int maximumGap(vector<int>& nums) {
sort(nums.begin(), nums.end());
int res = 0;
for(int i = 1; i < nums.size(); i++)
res = max(res, nums[i] - nums[i-1]);
return res;
}
};