bookmyshow/paytm seat allocation for groups

cinema hall seating

A cinema has n rows of seats, numbered from 1 to n and there are ten seats in each row, labeled from 1 to 10 as shown in the figure above.

Given the array reservedSeats containing the numbers of seats already reserved, for example, reservedSeats[i] = [3,8] means the seat located in row 3 and labeled with 8 is already reserved.

Return the maximum number of four-person groups you can assign to the cinema seats. A four-person group occupies four adjacent seats in one single row. Seats across an aisle (such as [3,3] and [3,4]) are not considered to be adjacent, but there is an exceptional case on which an aisle split a four-person group, in that case, the aisle split a four-person group in the middle, which means to have two people on each side.

Example 1:

booked seat animation
Input: n = 3, reservedSeats = [[1,2],[1,3],[1,8],[2,6],[3,1],[3,10]]
Output: 4
Explanation: The figure above shows the optimal allocation for four groups, where seats mark with blue are already reserved and contiguous seats mark with orange are for one group.

Example 2:

Input: n = 2, reservedSeats = [[2,1],[1,8],[2,6]]
Output: 2

Example 3:

Input: n = 4, reservedSeats = [[4,3],[1,4],[4,6],[1,7]]
Output: 4


  • 1 <= n <= 10^9
  • 1 <= reservedSeats.length <= min(10*n, 10^4)
  • reservedSeats[i].length == 2
  • 1 <= reservedSeats[i][0] <= n
  • 1 <= reservedSeats[i][1] <= 10
  • All reservedSeats[i] are distinct.

Complexity Analysis

  • Time complexity: O(n). The complete array of size n is traversed.
  • Space complexity: O(n). An additional dictionary is used to map the row to seat information.

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