Codility 'Peaks' Solution

Martin Kysel · July 31, 2014

Short Problem Definition:

A non-empty zero-indexed array A consisting of N integers is given. A peak is an array element which is larger than its neighbors.



expected worst-case time complexity is O(N\*log(log(N)))

expected worst-case space complexity is O(N)


I first compute all peaks. Because each block must contain a peak I start from the end and try to find a integral divisor sized block. If each block contains a peak I return the size.


def solution(A):
    peaks = []

    for idx in xrange(1, len(A)-1):
        if A[idx-1] < A[idx] > A[idx+1]:

    if len(peaks) == 0:
        return 0

    for size in xrange(len(peaks), 0, -1):
        if len(A) % size == 0:
            block_size = len(A) // size
            found = [False] * size
            found_cnt = 0
            for peak in peaks:
                block_nr = peak//block_size
                if found[block_nr] == False:
                    found[block_nr] = True
                    found_cnt += 1

            if found_cnt == size:
                return size

    return 0

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