GCDs of given index ranges in an array

Hello Everyone,

Given an array a[0 . . . n-1]. We should be able to efficiently find the GCD from index qs (query start) to qe (query end) where 0 <= qs <= qe <= n-1.

Example :

Input : a[] = {2, 3, 60, 90, 50};
Index Ranges : {1, 3}, {2, 4}, {0, 2}
Output: GCDs of given ranges are 3, 10, 1

Method 1 (Simple)

A simple solution is to run a loop from qs to qe and find GCD in given range. This solution takes O(n) time in worst case.

Method 2 (2D Array)

Another solution is to create a 2D array where an entry [i, j] stores the GCD in range arr[i…j]. GCD of a given range can now be calculated in O(1) time, but preprocessing takes O(n^2) time. Also, this approach needs O(n^2) extra space which may become huge for large input arrays.

Method 3 (Segment Tree)

Segment tree can be used to do preprocessing and query in moderate time. With segment tree, preprocessing time is O(n) and time to for GCD query is O(Logn). The extra space required is O(n) to store the segment tree.

Representation of Segment trees

  • Leaf Nodes are the elements of the input array.
  • Each internal node represents GCD of all leaves under it.

Array representation of tree is used to represent Segment Trees i.e., for each node at index i,

  • Left child is at index 2*i+1
  • Right child at 2*i+2 and the parent is at floor((i-1)/2).

Construction of Segment Tree from given array

  • Begin with a segment arr[0 . . . n-1] and keep dividing into two halves. Every time we divide the current segment into two halves (if it has not yet become a segment of length 1), then call the same procedure on both halves, and for each such segment, we store the GCD value in a segment tree node.
  • All levels of the constructed segment tree will be completely filled except the last level. Also, the tree will be a Full Binary Tree (every node has 0 or two children) because we always divide segments in two halves at every level.
  • Since the constructed tree is always full binary tree with n leaves, there will be n-1 internal nodes. So total number of nodes will be 2*n – 1.
  • Height of the segment tree will be &lceillog2n&rceil. Since the tree is represented using array and relation between parent and child indexes must be maintained, size of memory allocated for segment tree will be 2*2⌈log2n⌉ – 1

Query for GCD of given range

/ qs --> query start index, qe --> query end index int GCD(node, qs, qe) { if range of node is within qs and qe return value in node else if range of node is completely outside qs and qe return INFINITE else return GCD( GCD(node’s left child, qs, qe), GCD(node’s right child, qs, qe) ) }

Below is Implementation of this method.

// C++ Program to find GCD of a number in a given Range

// using segment Trees

#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;

// To store segment tree

int *st;

/* A recursive function to get gcd of given

range of array indexes. The following are parameters for

this function.

st --> Pointer to segment tree

si --> Index of current node in the segment tree. Initially

0 is passed as root is always at index 0

ss & se --> Starting and ending indexes of the segment

represented by current node, i.e., st[index]

qs & qe --> Starting and ending indexes of query range */

int findGcd( int ss, int se, int qs, int qe, int si)


if (ss>qe || se < qs)

return 0;

if (qs<=ss && qe>=se)

return st[si];

int mid = ss+(se-ss)/2;

return __gcd(findGcd(ss, mid, qs, qe, si*2+1),

findGcd(mid+1, se, qs, qe, si*2+2));


//Finding The gcd of given Range

int findRangeGcd( int ss, int se, int arr[], int n)


if (ss<0 || se > n-1 || ss>se)


cout << "Invalid Arguments" << "\n" ;

return -1;


return findGcd(0, n-1, ss, se, 0);


// A recursive function that constructs Segment Tree for

// array[ss..se]. si is index of current node in segment

// tree st

int constructST( int arr[], int ss, int se, int si)


if (ss==se)


st[si] = arr[ss];

return st[si];


int mid = ss+(se-ss)/2;

st[si] = __gcd(constructST(arr, ss, mid, si*2+1),

constructST(arr, mid+1, se, si*2+2));

return st[si];


/* Function to construct segment tree from given array.

This function allocates memory for segment tree and

calls constructSTUtil() to fill the allocated memory */

int *constructSegmentTree( int arr[], int n)


int height = ( int )( ceil (log2(n)));

int size = 2*( int ) pow (2, height)-1;

st = new int [size];

constructST(arr, 0, n-1, 0);

return st;


// Driver program to test above functions

int main()


int a[] = {2, 3, 6, 9, 5};

int n = sizeof (a)/ sizeof (a[0]);

// Build segment tree from given array

constructSegmentTree(a, n);

// Starting index of range. These indexes are 0 based.

int l = 1;

// Last index of range.These indexes are 0 based.

int r = 3;

cout << "GCD of the given range is:" ;

cout << findRangeGcd(l, r, a, n) << "\n" ;

return 0;



GCD of the given range is: 3

Time Complexity: Time Complexity for tree construction is O(n * log(min(a, b))), where n is the number of modes and a and b are nodes whose GCD is calculated during merge operation. There are total 2n-1 nodes, and value of every node is calculated only once in tree construction. Time complexity to query is O(Log n * Log n).