InterviewBit Academy is now Scaler!
InterviewBit Academy is now Scaler Academy!

Into Blocks

A sequence of integers is called nice if its elements are arranged in blocks like in [3, 3, 3, 4, 1, 1]. Formally, if two elements are equal, everything in between must also be equal.

Let’s define difficulty of a sequence as a minimum possible number of elements to change to get a nice sequence. However, if you change at least one element of value x to value y, you must also change all other elements of value x into y as well. For example, for [3, 3, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2] it isn’t allowed to change first 1 to 3 and second 1 to 2. You need to leave 1’s untouched or change them to the same value.

Print difficulty of given sequence A of size N.

Input Format:

    First and only argument of input is a single integer array A

Output Format:

    return a single integer denoting difficulty of A.


    1 <= N <= 200000
    1 <= A[i] <= 200000

For Example:

Input 1:
    A = [3, 7, 3, 7, 3]
Output 1:
    change both 7 to 3
Input 2:
    A = [3, 3, 7, 7, 7, 1]
Output 2:
Input 3:
    A = [3, 3, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2]
Output 3:
NOTE: You only need to implement the given function. Do not read input, instead use the arguments to the function. Do not print the output, instead return values as specified. Still have a doubt? Checkout Sample Codes for more details.
Start solving Into Blocks on Interview Code Editor
Sign Up
to access hints and editorial solutions for Into Blocks


Click here to start solving coding interview questions