###### Coding Problem Solving

# Remove duplicates from an integer array

**Senthil Nayagan**on - 2 Mins Read

# Problem: Remove duplicates from an integer array

## Description

Given an array of integers `nums`

, create a function that returns an array containing the values of `nums`

without duplicates; the order doesn’t matter.

### Example 1

- Input: nums = [4, 2, 5, 3, 3, 1, 2, 4, 1, 5, 5, 5, 3, 1]
- Output: [4, 2, 5, 3, 1]

### Example 2

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

## Solution 1 (Brute force solution)

In this brute force solution we create an empty array, `output`

. For each element of `nums`

, we check if we didn’t put in the `output`

yet. If it’s the case, we push it, and we continue.

```
# Brute force approach
def remove_duplicates(nums):
output = []
for element in nums:
if element not in output:
output.append(element)
return output
if __name__ == "__main__":
print(remove_duplicates([4, 2, 5, 3, 3, 1, 2, 4, 1, 5, 5, 5, 3, 1])) # returns [4, 2, 5, 3, 1]
print(remove_duplicates([1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1])) # returns [1]
```

### Complexity

**Time complexity:**`O(n`

^{2}`)`

- The loop is traversing elements of`nums`

, so it does`n`

iterations, and at each iteration, we are checking if the element is not in`output`

. Note that searching for an element in an unsorted array has an`O(n)`

cost.**Space complexity:**`O(n)`

- Because we are storing the output in a separate additional array that will contain`n`

elements in the worst case, when there are no duplicates in`nums`

.

Let’s find a better solution than this one.

## Solution 2 (Using sorting approach)

It’s a sorting approach.

```
def remove_duplicates_sorted(nums):
if len(nums) == 0:
return []
nums.sort()
output = [nums[0]]
for i in range(1, len(nums)):
if nums[i] != nums[i-1]:
output.append(nums[i])
return output
```

### Complexity

**Time complexity:**`O(n long n)`

- Because we sorted the array**Space complexity:**`O(n)`

Let’s find a better solution than this one.

## Solution 3 (Using hash table and without the need for sorting)

This solution uses hash table. The hash table is a powerful tool when solving coding problems because it has an `O(1)`

lookup on average, so we can get the value of a certain key in `O(1)`

. Also, it has an `O(1)`

insertion on average, so we can insert an element in `O(1)`

. Also, this solution does not require the input data to be sorted.

```
def remove_duplicates(nums):
visited = {} # Dictionary as hash table
for element in nums: # This iterates n times though!
visited[element] = True # Overwrites the already present elements
return list(visited.keys())
```

### Complexity

**Time complexity:**`O(n)`

- Because we are traversing completely during worst case.**Space complexity:**`O(n)`

- Because of the hash map.

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