We have all heard of the Hamming Weight of a binary number. Hamming weight is the number of set bits/1s in a binary number. In this problem **Number Of 1 bits** we have to find the hamming weight of the given number.

**Examples**

Number = 3

Binary representation = 011

Hamming weight = 2

Number = 4

Binary representation = 100

Hamming weight = 1

A few image representations are gonna help out more

Now, let us look into how to find it out

Table of Contents

**Approach – 1A**

**Brute Force**

The Brute force approach would be

- Find n%2 to give us the bit at that position
- Calculate n=n/2 to move to the next bit

Example

Number=5

Let us look at the code.

**JAVA Program **

class Solution { public: int hammingWeight(uint32_t n) { int ans=0; while(n!=0) { ans=ans+(n%2); n=n/2; } return ans; } };

**C++ Program **

public class Solution { // you need to treat n as an unsigned value public int hammingWeight(int n) { int ans=0; while(n!=0) { ans=ans+(n%2); n=n/2; } return and; } }

Time complexity = O(n)

**Approach – 1B**

**Brute Force BUT Smarter!**

Well, now that we have a simple approach. Let us look more in terms of Bit-Manipulation

First strengthening our game with a few smart points

- We know that an accepted integer can be maximum 32 bits long
- a&1=1 1&0=0

Keeping these things we can loop over 32 and perform an AND operation to find the set bits

**JAVA Program for Number Of 1 bits**

public class Solution { // you need to treat n as an unsigned value public int hammingWeight(int n) { int ans=0; for(int i=0;i<32;i++) { ans=ans+(n&1); n=n>>1; } return ans; } }

**C++ Program for Number Of 1 bits**

class Solution { public: int hammingWeight(uint32_t n) { int ans=0; for(int i=0;i<32;i++) { ans=ans+(n&1); n=n>>1; } return ans; } };

Time complexity = O(n)

A lot of approaches we have collected until now are linear. We should surely have in our kitty one smart thing or two to optimize our game. So, looking across I hit upon something gold.

## Approach – 2

### Brian Kernighan Algorithm

Before getting all erudite and algorithmic let me get you through the process

- We calculate n-1
- We and it with n i.e n&(n-1)
- Thus unset the rightmost bit

- Keep repeating the above steps until we end up with 0

Let number=5

Binary representation=101

Optimizations

- The algorithm goes through as many iterations as the set bits

Looking into the code

**Java Program for Number Of 1 bits**

public class Solution { // you need to treat n as an unsigned value public int hammingWeight(int n) { int ans=0; while(n!=0) { n=n&(n-1); ans++; } return ans; } }

**C++ Program for Number Of 1 bits**

class Solution { public: int hammingWeight(uint32_t n) { int ans=0; while(n!=0) { n=n&(n-1); ans++; } return ans; } };

Analyzing the time complexity

Each integer has log(n) bits and in the worst case we pass through all the bits

Time complexity = Log(n)

Now that we are speeding up how can we miss an approach that takes O(1)

Introducing

## Approach – 3

**Using Advanced Operations**

Let us assume we have a binary number=11010011

We use bitmasks here namely 0101,0011,00001111,00000000011111111 and 000000000000000001111111111111111 to perform the procedure shown in the picture.

**JAVA Program for Number Of 1 bits**

public class Solution { // you need to treat n as an unsigned value public int hammingWeight(int n) { n = (n & 0x55555555) + (n >> 1 & 0x55555555); // put count of each 2 bits into those 2 bits n = (n & 0x33333333) + (n >> 2 & 0x33333333); // put count of each 4 bits into those 4 bits n = (n & 0x0F0F0F0F) + (n >> 4 & 0x0F0F0F0F); // put count of each 8 bits into those 8 bits n = (n & 0x00FF00FF) + (n >> 8 & 0x00FF00FF); // put count of each 16 bits into those 16 bits n = (n & 0x0000FFFF) + (n >> 16 & 0x0000FFFF); // put count of each 32 bits into those 32 bits return n; } }

The time complexity of the above approach and the space complexity both end up as O(1).

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