# Find index of 0 to be replaced to get maximum length sequence of continuous ones

Given a binary array, find the index of 0 to be replaced with 1 to get maximum length sequence of continuous ones.

For example,

Consider the array { 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1 }.

The index to be replaced is 7 to get continuous sequence of length 6 containing all 1’s.

We can efficiently solve this problem in linear time and constant space. The idea is to traverse the given array and maintain index of previous zero encountered. Then for each subsequent zeroes, we can easily find out number of 1’s between current zero and last zero. For each element we check if maximum sequence of continuous 1’s ending at that element (including last zero which is now replaced by 1) exceeds maximum sequence found so far. If yes, we update the maximum sequence to current sequence length and index of optimal zero to index of last zero encountered.

## Java

Output:

Index to be replaced is 7

The time complexity of above solution is O(n) and auxiliary space used by the program is O(1).

We have discussed two more approaches to solve this problem:

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Phạm Xuân Tích

Using sliding window, you maybe get O(n^2), you can remove while loop by setting left = prev_zero_index+1 before updating prev_zero_index = i

See more http://ideone.com/z5fsd1

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Anton

I’ve implemented approaches described here and optimised Approach 3 the way you describe, and now Approach 3 is almost indistinguishable from Approach 1.

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Anton

Link to sliding window Approach 3 that looks like Approach 1
https://gist.github.com/antonlogvinenko/584e2c09393a5da9fedc3ac6331bd930

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Tony

This is great problem