Maximize value of the expression

Given an array A, maximize value of the expression (A[s] – A[r] + A[q] – A[p]) where p, q, r and s are indexes of the input array and s > r > q > p.


For example,

Input:  A[] = [3, 9, 10, 1, 30, 40]

Output: 46

(40 – 1 + 10 – 3) will result in maximum value



Naive solution would be to generate all combinations of such numbers. The time complexity of this solution would be O(n4).

We can use Dynamic Programming to solve this problem. The idea is to create four lookup tables L1[], L2[], L3[] and L4[] where –

  • L1[] stores the maximum value of A[s]
  • L2[] stores the maximum value of A[s] – A[r]
  • L3[] stores the maximum value of A[s] – A[r] + A[q]
  • L4[] stores the maximum value of A[s] – A[r] + A[q] – A[p]

Then the maximum value would be present in index 0 of L4[], which is our required answer.


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

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Looks like the solution is broken, the variable p is nowhere defined.