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# Partition into two subsets of lengths K and (N – k) such that the difference of sums is maximum

• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 27 Jul, 2022

Given an array of non-negative integers of length N and an integer K. Partition the given array into two subsets of length K and N – K so that the difference between the sum of both subsets is maximum.

Examples :

```Input : arr[] = {8, 4, 5, 2, 10}
k = 2
Output : 17
Explanation :
Here, we can make first subset of length k = {4, 2}
and second subset of length N - k = {8, 5, 10}. Then,
the max_difference = (8 + 5 + 10) - (4 + 2) = 17.

Input : arr[] = {1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1}
k = 3
Output : 2
Explanation :
Here, subsets would be {1, 1, 1, 1, 1} and {1, 1, 1}.
So, max_difference would be 2```

Choose k numbers with the largest possible sum. Then the solution obviously is k largest numbers. So that here greedy algorithm works – at each step we choose the largest possible number until we get all K numbers.

In this problem, we should divide the array of N numbers into two subsets of k and N – k numbers respectively. Consider two cases:

• The subset with the largest sum, among these two subsets, is a subset of K numbers. Then we want to maximize the sum in it since the sum in the second subset will only decrease if the sum in the first subarray will increase. So we are now in the sub-problem considered above and should choose k largest numbers.
• The subset with the largest sum, among these two subsets, is a subset of N – k numbers. Similar to the previous case, we then have to choose N – k largest numbers among all numbers.

Now, Let’s think about which of the two above cases actually gives the answer. We can easily see that a larger difference would be when more numbers are included in the group of largest numbers. Hence we could set M = max(k, N – k), find the sum of M largest numbers (let it be S1) and then the answer is S1 – (S – S1), where S is the sum of all numbers.

Below is the implementation of the above approach :

## C++

 `// C++ program to calculate max_difference between` `// the sum of two subset of length k and N - k` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;`   `// Function to calculate max_difference` `int` `maxDifference(``int` `arr[], ``int` `N, ``int` `k)` `{` `    ``int` `M, S = 0, S1 = 0, max_difference = 0;`   `    ``// Sum of the array` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++)` `        ``S += arr[i];`   `    ``// Sort the array in descending order` `    ``sort(arr, arr + N, greater<``int``>());` `    ``M = max(k, N - k);` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < M; i++)` `        ``S1 += arr[i];`   `    ``// Calculating max_difference` `    ``max_difference = S1 - (S - S1);` `    ``return` `max_difference;` `}`   `// Driver function` `int` `main()` `{` `    ``int` `arr[] = { 8, 4, 5, 2, 10 };` `    ``int` `N = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr);` `    ``int` `k = 2;` `    ``cout << maxDifference(arr, N, k) << endl;` `    ``return` `0;` `}`

## Java

 `// Java program to calculate max_difference between` `// the sum of two subset of length k and N - k` `import` `java.util.*; `   `class` `GFG` `{`   `// Function to calculate max_difference` `static` `int` `maxDifference(``int` `arr[], ``int` `N, ``int` `k)` `{` `    ``int` `M, S = ``0``, S1 = ``0``, max_difference = ``0``;`   `    ``// Sum of the array` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < N; i++)` `        ``S += arr[i];` `    ``int` `temp;` `    `  `    ``// Sort the array in descending order` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < N; i++) ` `    ``{` `        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + ``1``; j < N; j++) ` `        ``{` `            ``if` `(arr[i] < arr[j]) ` `            ``{` `                ``temp = arr[i];` `                ``arr[i] = arr[j];` `                ``arr[j] = temp;` `            ``}` `        ``}` `    ``}`   `    ``M = Math.max(k, N - k);` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < M; i++)` `        ``S1 += arr[i];`   `    ``// Calculating max_difference` `    ``max_difference = S1 - (S - S1);` `    ``return` `max_difference;` `}`   `// Driver Code` `public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])` `{` `    ``int` `arr[] = { ``8``, ``4``, ``5``, ``2``, ``10` `};` `    ``int` `N = arr.length;` `    ``int` `k = ``2``;` `    ``System.out.println(maxDifference(arr, N, k));` `}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by` `// Surendra_Gangwar`

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to calculate max_difference` `# between the sum of two subset of` `# length k and N - k`   `# Function to calculate max_difference` `def` `maxDifference(arr, N, k ):` `    ``S ``=` `0` `    ``S1 ``=` `0` `    ``max_difference ``=` `0` `    `  `    ``# Sum of the array` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(N):` `        ``S ``+``=` `arr[i]` `    `  `    ``# Sort the array in descending order` `    ``arr.sort(reverse``=``True``)` `    ``M ``=` `max``(k, N ``-` `k)` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``( M):` `        ``S1 ``+``=` `arr[i]` `    `  `    ``# Calculating max_difference` `    ``max_difference ``=` `S1 ``-` `(S ``-` `S1)` `    ``return` `max_difference` `    `  `# Driver Code` `arr ``=` `[ ``8``, ``4``, ``5``, ``2``, ``10` `]` `N ``=` `len``(arr)` `k ``=` `2` `print``(maxDifference(arr, N, k))`   `# This code is contributed by "Sharad_Bhardwaj".`

## C#

 `// C# program to calculate max_difference between` `// the sum of two subset of length k and N - k` `using` `System; `   `class` `GFG` `{`   `// Function to calculate max_difference` `static` `int` `maxDifference(``int` `[]arr, ``int` `N, ``int` `k)` `{` `    ``int` `M, S = 0, S1 = 0, max_difference = 0;`   `    ``// Sum of the array` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++)` `        ``S += arr[i];` `    ``int` `temp;` `    `  `    ``// Sort the array in descending order` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < N; i++) ` `    ``{` `        ``for` `(``int` `j = i + 1; j < N; j++) ` `        ``{` `            ``if` `(arr[i] < arr[j]) ` `            ``{` `                ``temp = arr[i];` `                ``arr[i] = arr[j];` `                ``arr[j] = temp;` `            ``}` `        ``}` `    ``}`   `    ``M = Math.Max(k, N - k);` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < M; i++)` `        ``S1 += arr[i];`   `    ``// Calculating max_difference` `    ``max_difference = S1 - (S - S1);` `    ``return` `max_difference;` `}`   `// Driver Code` `public` `static` `void` `Main()` `{` `    ``int` `[]arr = { 8, 4, 5, 2, 10 };` `    ``int` `N = arr.Length;` `    ``int` `k = 2;` `    ``Console.Write(maxDifference(arr, N, k));` `}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29`

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Output

`17`

Time Complexity: O(N log N), to sort the array
Auxiliary Space: O(1), as no extra space is used

Further Optimizations : We can use Heap (or priority queue) to find M largest elements efficiently. Refer k largest(or smallest) elements in an array for details.

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