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Maximum Subarray / Kadane's Algorithm

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Given an integer array nums, find the contiguous subarray (containing at least one number) which has the largest sum and return its sum.

Example 1:

Input: nums = [-2,1,-3,4,-1,2,1,-5,4]
Output: 6
Explanation: [4,-1,2,1] has the largest sum = 6.

Example 2:

Input: nums = [1]
Output: 1

Example 3:

Input: nums = [0]
Output: 0

Example 4:

Input: nums = [-1]
Output: -1

Example 5:

Input: nums = [-100000]
Output: -100000


  • 1 <= nums.length <= 3 * 104

  • -105 <= nums[i] <= 105

Follow up: If you have figured out the O(n) solution, try coding another solution using the divide and conquer approach, which is more subtle.


Approach 1: Brute Force O(n^2)

class Solution {
public int maxSubArray(int[] nums) {
       int max=Integer.MIN_VALUE;
        for(int i=0; i<nums.length;i++)
            int sum=0;
            for(int j=i;j<nums.length;j++)
        return max;

Approach 2: Kadane's Algorithm O(n)

class Solution {
public int maxSubArray(int[] nums) {
        int sum=nums[0];
        int output=nums[0];
        for(int i=1; i<nums.length;i++)
        return output;

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