For each number, you have to count the number of times the digit 4 occurs in it.

QUICK EXPLANATION

Input the number as a string and count the number of times the character ‘4’ occurs in it.

EXPLANATION

We may be tempted to input the number as an int, but this is really a string related task. We have to count the number of times a particular character appears in the string. So, taking the input as a string helps us avoid all the complicated stuff we will have to do if we input as a number.

We just have to loop through all characters of the string and if it is ‘4’, increment the answer.

It is also instructive to see how we can solve this if we treat the input as a number.

Say we have a number x = 12345. How can we extract its digits? Observe that we can easily get the rightmost digit(unit’s place) - if we divide x by 10 and take the reminder, it will be the rightmost digit. Further, the quotient we get is the rest of the number. For example, 12345 = 1234 * 10 + 5. So we get both the unit’s place digit and the rest of the number. Now to get the next digit, we continue in the same fashion. When should we stop? Suppose x is a single digit, say x = 1. Now the quotient after dividing by 10 is 0, and we can stop since there are no more digits to process.

Pseudocode:

ans = 0
while x > 0:
remainder = x % 10
quotient = x / 10
if remainder == 4 ans++
x = quotient

Complexity

The number of times the while loop will run is equal to the number of digits. Say d is the number of digits, the complexity will therefore be O(d). Also, if we treat the input as integer, we can see that d = \lceil log_{10}n \rceil. So, the complexity will be \mathcal{O}(logn).

Even if the input is given as an integer (for example in TopCoder SRMs, you have to implement a function instead of reading inputs from STDIO), you could still use sprintf(C++) or str()(Python) or whatever methods your familiar language has and turn the number to string. This will reduce the possibility of making errors.

For reference … I have tried this and it worked for me

import java.lang.;
import java.util.;

class four
{
public static void main(String[] args)
{
Scanner obj= new Scanner(System.in);
int x,z;
x= obj.nextInt();
if ((x>0)&&(x<=100000))
{
int[] y;
y = new int[x];
for(int i=0; i<x; i++)
{
z = obj.nextInt();

int count = 0,a=1,b;
while(a!=0)
{
b = z%10;
if (b==4)
{
count++;
}
a = z/10;
z = a;
}
y[i] = count;
}
for(int j = 0 ; j <x ; j++)
{
System.out.println(y[j]);
}
}
}

Hi,
I am not able to get following line :
(Subtask 1): 0 ≤ Numbers from the list ≤ 9 - 33 points.
(Subtask 2): 0 ≤ Numbers from the list ≤ 109 - 67 points.

i actually managed to receive 33 points so i guess i got Subtask 1, but i am not able to fulfill Subtask 2 although its the same as Sub1 but with different values. Can someone help me ? I am quite new to programming at all so my solution is not that good i guess

Thats what i got so far : (comments are in german, sorry)

I have this C Code which I wrote for this problem. It runs fine and gives me the right answers in my Dev-C++ Environment. But the CodeChef Online Judge says Wrong answer and doesn’t award me points. Can anyone please tell me what is the problem here…??

PS: Code Below

#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
int T , rem , c , e ;
scanf("%d" , &T) ;
for ( int i = 0 ; i < T ; ++i )
{
scanf("%d" , &e) ;
while (e != 0)
{
rem = e % 10 ;
if (rem == 4)
{
++c ;
}
e = e / 10 ;
}
printf("%d\n" , c) ;
c = 0 ;
}
}