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Abhishek Chaudhary

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# Max Number of K-Sum Pairs

You are given an integer array `nums` and an integer `k`.

In one operation, you can pick two numbers from the array whose sum equals `k` and remove them from the array.

Return the maximum number of operations you can perform on the array.

Example 1:

Input: nums = [1,2,3,4], k = 5
Output: 2
Explanation: Starting with nums = [1,2,3,4]:

• Remove numbers 1 and 4, then nums = [2,3]
• Remove numbers 2 and 3, then nums = [] There are no more pairs that sum up to 5, hence a total of 2 operations.

Example 2:

Input: nums = [3,1,3,4,3], k = 6
Output: 1
Explanation: Starting with nums = [3,1,3,4,3]:

• Remove the first two 3's, then nums = [1,4,3] There are no more pairs that sum up to 6, hence a total of 1 operation.

Constraints:

• `1 <= nums.length <= 105`
• `1 <= nums[i] <= 109`
• `1 <= k <= 109`

SOLUTION:

``````from collections import Counter

class Solution:
def maxOperations(self, nums: List[int], k: int) -> int:
pairs = 0
ctr = Counter(nums)
for num in ctr:
if 2 * num <= k and (k - num) in ctr:
a = ctr[num]
b = ctr[k - num]
if 2 * num == k:
pairs += a // 2
else:
pairs += min(a, b)
return pairs
``````