**Objective**: Given an array write an algorithm to find the sum of all the possible sub arrays.

**Example:**

int [] a = {1, 2, 3};
Output: Possible subarrays –
{1}, {2}, {3}, {1, 2} , {2, 3}, {1, 2, 3}
So sum = 1+ 2+ 3 + 3 + 5 + 6 = 20

**Approach**:

**By generating all sub arrays: **

As discussed in Print all sub arrays, find out all the sub arrays and then calculate the sum.

**Time complexity: O(n^3)**

**Complete Code:**

**Output**:

Sum of elements of sub arrays is: 50

**Better Approach:**

Let’s observe the behavior for array = {1,2,3,4}

All sub arrays are:

[1] , [1 2], [1 2 3], [1 2 3 4],

[2], [2 3], [2 3 4]

[3], [3 4]

[4]

- No of occurrences for each element
- 1 appears 4 times
- 2 appears 6 times
- 3 appears 6 times
- 4 appears 4 times

- For each element at first place – If we observe closely, element at first position, the sub arrays are
- For 1 = [1] , [1 2], [1 2 3], [1 2 3 4] and for 2 = [2], [2 3], [2 3 4], for 3 = [3], [3 4] so for element 1, no of occurrence at first position will be equal to n (n=4) here.
- Next element which is ‘2’ the number of occurrence at the first position will be one less than n. means n – 1, and so on
- So for i
^{th} element in array will have appearances at the first position in all the sub arrays will be = (n-i).
- So for the first position, occurrences are
- 1 appears 4 times.
- 2 appears 3 times.
- 3 appears 2 times.
- 4 appears 1 times.

- From Step 1 if we subtract the number of occurrences in above step, the remaining occurrences are (i is the iteration index)
- 1 = 0, n = 4, i = 0
- 2 = 3, n = 4, i = 1
- 3 = 4, n = 4, i = 2
- 4 = 3, n = 4, i = 3

- From the step above, the formula which will give this result will be = (n-i)*i
- So Total number of occurrences for ith index element in array will be = (n-i) + (n-i)*I =>
**(n-i)*(i+1)**
- So for array {1,2,3,4}
- 1*(4-0)*(0+1) +
- 2*(4-1)*(1+1) +
- 3*(4-2)*(2+1) +
- 4*(4-3)*(3+1) = 1*4 + 2*6 + 3*6 + 4*4 = 50

**Time Complexity: O(n)**

**Complete Code:**

**Output**:

Sum of elements of sub arrays is: 50

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