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# Count of character pairs at same distance as in English alphabets

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 12 Dec, 2022

Given a string, the task is to count the number of pairs whose elements are at the same distances as in the English alphabet.
Note : Absolute distance between characters is considered.

Examples :

```Input:  str = "geeksforgeeks"
Output:  4
Explanation: In this (g, s), (e, g), (e, k), (e, g)
are the pairs that are at same distances as
in English alphabets.

Input:  str = "observation"
Output:  4
Explanation: (b, i), (s, v), (o, n), (v, t) are
at same distances as in English alphabets.```

A simple solution is to consider generating all pairs and comparing pair characters with the distance between them. If distance is same for a pair, then increment result.

Algorithm:

• Step 1: Take an input string
• Step 2: Initialize result equals to 0 and n to the length of the string.
• Step 3: Using nested for loops check if the distance between characters is same
• Step 4: If distance is same increment the counter (result).
• Step 5: Print the output.

Below is the implementation of the above algorithm:

## C++

 `// A Simple C++ program to find pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;`   `// Function to count pairs` `int` `countPairs(string str)` `{` `    ``int` `result = 0;` `    ``int` `n = str.length();` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)` `        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + 1; j < n; j++)`   `            ``// Increment count if characters are at` `            ``// same distance` `            ``if` `(``abs``(str[i] - str[j]) == ``abs``(i - j))` `                ``result++;`   `    ``return` `result;` `}`   `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` `    ``string str = ``"geeksforgeeks"``;` `    ``cout << countPairs(str);` `    ``return` `0;` `}`

## Java

 `// A Simple Java program to find pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `import` `java.io.*;` `class` `Test {` `    `  `    ``// Method to count pairs` `    ``static` `int` `countPairs(String str)` `    ``{` `        ``int` `result = ``0``;` `        ``int` `n = str.length();` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n; i++)` `          ``for` `(``int` `j = i + ``1``; j < n; j++)` `            `  `            ``// Increment count if characters ` `            ``// are at same distance` `            ``if` `(Math.abs(str.charAt(i) - str.charAt(j)) ==` `                                          ``Math.abs(i - j))` `                ``result++;`   `        ``return` `result;` `    ``}`   `    ``// Driver method` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])` `    ``{` `        ``String str = ``"geeksforgeeks"``;` `        ``System.out.println(countPairs(str));` `    ``}` `}`

## Python 3

 `# Simple Python3 program to find pairs with ` `# distance equal to English alphabet distance `   `# Function to count pairs ` `def` `countPairs(str1):` `    ``result ``=` `0``; ` `    ``n ``=` `len``(str1) ` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``0``, n):` `        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(i ``+` `1``, n): `   `            ``# Increment count if characters ` `            ``# are at same distance ` `            ``if` `(``abs``(``ord``(str1[i]) ``-` `                    ``ord``(str1[j])) ``=``=` `abs``(i ``-` `j)): ` `                ``result ``+``=` `1``; `   `    ``return` `result; `   `# Driver code ` `if` `__name__ ``=``=` `"__main__"``: ` `    ``str1 ``=` `"geeksforgeeks"``; ` `    ``print``(countPairs(str1)); `   `# This code is contributed ` `# by Sairahul099`

## C#

 `// A Simple C# program to find pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `using` `System;`   `class` `Test {` `    `  `    ``// Method to count pairs` `    ``static` `int` `countPairs(``string` `str)` `    ``{` `        ``int` `result = 0;` `        ``int` `n = str.Length;` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)` `            ``for` `(``int` `j = i + 1; j < n; j++)` `            `  `            ``// Increment count if characters` `            ``// are at same distance` `            ``if` `(Math.Abs(str[i] - str[j]) == Math.Abs(i - j))` `                ``result++;`   `        ``return` `result;` `    ``}`   `    ``// Driver method` `    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()` `    ``{` `        ``string` `str = ``"geeksforgeeks"``;` `        ``Console.WriteLine(countPairs(str));` `    ``}` `}`   `// This Code is contributed by vt_m.`

## PHP

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## Javascript

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Output

`4`

Time complexity: O(n2). The above method can be optimized by using the fact that there can be only 26 alphabets i.e. instead of checking an element up to length of string, check only from current index to 26th index.
Auxiliary Space: O(n), where n is the length of string. This is because when string is passed to any function it is passed by value and creates a copy of itself in stack.

## C++

 `// An optimized C++ program to find pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;` `const` `int` `MAX_CHAR = 26;`   `// Function to count pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `int` `countPairs(string str)` `{` `    ``int` `result = 0;` `    ``int` `n = str.length();`   `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)`   `        ``// This loop runs at most 26 times` `        ``for` `(``int` `j = 1; (i + j) < n && j <= MAX_CHAR; j++)` `            ``if` `((``abs``(str[i + j] - str[i]) == j))` `                ``result++;`   `    ``return` `result;` `}`   `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` `    ``string str = ``"geeksforgeeks"``;` `    ``cout << countPairs(str);` `    ``return` `0;` `}`

## Java

 `// An optimized Java program to find pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `import` `java.io.*;` `class` `Test {` `    ``static` `final` `int` `MAX_CHAR = ``26``;`   `    ``// Method to count pairs with distance` `    ``// equal to English alphabet distance` `    ``static` `int` `countPairs(String str)` `    ``{` `        ``int` `result = ``0``;` `        ``int` `n = str.length();`   `        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n; i++)`   `            ``// This loop runs at most 26 times` `            ``for` `(``int` `j = ``1``; (i + j) < n && j <= MAX_CHAR; j++)` `                ``if` `((Math.abs(str.charAt(i + j) - str.charAt(i)) == j))` `                    ``result++;`   `        ``return` `result;` `    ``}`   `    ``// Driver method` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])` `    ``{` `        ``String str = ``"geeksforgeeks"``;` `        ``System.out.println(countPairs(str));` `    ``}` `}`

## Python 3

 `# An optimized C++ program to find pairs with` `# distance equal to English alphabet distance `   `MAX_CHAR ``=` `26`   `# Function to count pairs with distance ` `# equal to English alphabet distance ` `def` `countPairs(str1):` `    ``result ``=` `0``; ` `    ``n ``=` `len``(str1) `   `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``0``, n): `   `        ``# This loop runs at most 26 times` `        ``for` `j ``in` `range``(``1``, MAX_CHAR ``+` `1``):` `            ``if``((i ``+` `j) < n): ` `                ``if` `((``abs``(``ord``(str1[i ``+` `j]) ``-` `                         ``ord``(str1[i])) ``=``=` `j)):` `                    ``result ``+``=` `1``; `   `    ``return` `result `   `# Driver code ` `if` `__name__ ``=``=` `"__main__"``: ` `    ``str1 ``=` `"geeksforgeeks"``; ` `    ``print``(countPairs(str1))`   `# This code is contributed` `# by Sairahul099`

## C#

 `// An optimized C# program to find pairs with distance` `// equal to English alphabet distance` `using` `System;`   `class` `Test {` `    `  `    ``static` `int` `MAX_CHAR = 26;`   `    ``// Method to count pairs with distance` `    ``// equal to English alphabet distance` `    ``static` `int` `countPairs(``string` `str)` `    ``{` `        ``int` `result = 0;` `        ``int` `n = str.Length;`   `        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)`   `            ``// This loop runs at most 26 times` `            ``for` `(``int` `j = 1; (i + j) < n && j <= MAX_CHAR; j++)` `                ``if` `((Math.Abs(str[i + j] - str[i]) == j))` `                    ``result++;`   `        ``return` `result;` `    ``}`   `    ``// Driver method` `    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()` `    ``{` `        ``string` `str = ``"geeksforgeeks"``;` `        ``Console.WriteLine(countPairs(str));` `    ``}` `}`   `// This Code is contributed by vt_m.`

## PHP

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## Javascript

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Output

`4`

Time complexity: O(n2) under the assumption that alphabet size is constant.
Auxiliary Space: O(n), where n is the length of string. This is because when string is passed to any function it is passed by value and creates a copy of itself in stack.

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