  Learn Tech Skills from Scratch @ Scaler EDGE # Nearest Smaller Element

Given an array, find the nearest smaller element G[i] for every element A[i] in the array such that the element has an index smaller than i.

More formally,

``````    G[i] for an element A[i] = an element A[j] such that
j is maximum possible AND
j < i AND
A[j] < A[i]
``````

Elements for which no smaller element exist, consider next smaller element as -1.

Input Format

``````The only argument given is integer array A.
``````

Output Format

``````Return the integar array G such that G[i] contains nearest smaller number than A[i].If no such element occurs G[i] should be -1.
``````

For Example

``````Input 1:
A = [4, 5, 2, 10, 8]
Output 1:
G = [-1, 4, -1, 2, 2]
Explaination 1:
index 1: No element less than 4 in left of 4, G = -1
index 2: A is only element less than A, G = A
index 3: No element less than 2 in left of 2, G = -1
index 4: A is nearest element which is less than A, G = A
index 4: A is nearest element which is less than A, G = A

Input 2:
A = [3, 2, 1]
Output 2:
[-1, -1, -1]
Explaination 2:
index 1: No element less than 3 in left of 3, G = -1
index 2: No element less than 2 in left of 2, G = -1
index 3: No element less than 1 in left of 1, G = -1
``````
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