Multiple array range increments in linear time O(N)

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Given an array A containing N integers, we perform M queries. Each query has three values START, END and a value D. For each query, the problem is to increment the values from the start to end index(both inclusive) in the given array by the given value d. A naive solution of leaping from start to end for each query is not feasible which takes O(NM) time whereas the efficient algorithm takes O(N+M) time complexity.

Naive approach O(N * M)

In the naive approach, we can traverse through the original array from index start to end and update every element by adding d. In this case, the time complexity of every query will be O(N) and the overall time complexity will be O(N * M).


for each query:
        loop from start to end:
            increment each element by d

We can improve this and solve the complete problem in O(N) time complexity

Algorithm O(N + M)

  1. We create an array of the same size n and initialize all its elements to 0

  2. Then, for each query i, we increment element at index start by d and decrement element at index end by d.

  3. After all the queries are completed, we loop from 1 to n-1 in temp and increment each element by the element at its previous index.

  4. Finally, we loop from 0 to n-1 and increment each element of a by its corresponding value in temp

  5. The required array after modification is obtained



Naive approach:

  • Time Complexity: O(N * M)
  • Auxiliary Space: O(1)

Efficient approach:

  • Time Complexity: O(N + M)
  • Auxiliary Space: O(N)


  • N is the number of elements in the original array
  • M is the number of updates


    #include <bits/stdc++.h>
    #define MAXN 10001

    using namespace std;

    int main()
        int n, m;
        int a[MAXN], temp[MAXN];

        //Obtaining input for number of elements and number of queries
        cin >> n >> m;

        //Forming the array a
        for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
            cin >> a[i];
        //initializing temporary array to 0
        for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
            temp[i] = 0;
        //performing the m queries
        for(int i=0;i<m;i++){
            int start, end, d;
            cin >> start >> end >> d;
            //incrementing start index by d
            temp[start] += d;
            //decrementing end+1 index by d
            temp[end+1] -= d;

        for(int i=1;i<n;i++){
            //sweeping through the temporary array to obtain final value changes
            temp[i] += temp[i-1];

        for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
            //updating the original array
            a[i] += temp[i];

        //displaying resultant array
        for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
            cout << a[i] << " ";

        return 0;


  • This algorithm can be used to find the updated element values of an array after multiple varying range-increments.


Why is the auxiliary space O(n)?

An additional temporary array of size n is used
We are performing n operations
An additional memory equal to the original array's size is used. So, auxiliary space of O(n) is required.