HackerRank ‘Sock Merchant’ Solution

Short Problem Definition:

John works at a clothing store. He has a large pile of socks that he must pair by color for sale. Given an array of integers representing the color of each sock, determine how many pairs of socks with matching colors there are.


Sock Merchant


time complexity is O(N)

space complexity is O(N)


Group the same color together. Look out for the integer division // that discards the odd socks.


import sys
from collections import defaultdict

n = int(raw_input().strip())
c = map(int,raw_input().strip().split(' '))

d = defaultdict(int)
for k in c:
    d[k] += 1
cnt = 0
for ele in d.values():
    cnt += ele//2
print cnt

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