Coding Challenge Day-5: Problem 1: If an element in an MxN matrix is zero, it’s entire row and column are set to zero

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Welcome to Coding challenge Day 5: Problem 1! Be sure to post your answers, queries etc in the comments!!

Problem: Write an Algorithm such that if an element in an MxN matrix is zero, it’s entire row and column are set to zero

Sample input: int [][] array= {{1,0,2,4}, {8,9,4,3}, {5,6,9,1}};
Output: 0 0 0 0
8 0 4 3
5 0 9 1


  • so start by creating two boolean type arrays for marking which rows and columns have the number zero.
  • run a loop through entire matrix to find which rows and columns contain zero
  • run two loops which each send the zero-containing row and column numbers to function change_row_zero and change_column_zero respectively
package array;
// Write an algorithm such that if an element in an MxN matrix is 0, it's entire row and column are set to zero
public class Program004zero_replacement {
	public static void check_zero (int array[][], int M, int N){	
		boolean row[]= new boolean[M];
		boolean column[]= new boolean[N];
	  for(int i=0; i<M; i++){
		for(int j=0; j<N; j++){
				column[j]= true;
	  for(int i=0; i<row.length; i++){
			  change_row_zero(array, i, N);
	  for(int i=0; i<column.length; i++){
			  change_column_zero(array, i, M);
	public static void change_row_zero (int [][]array, int row, int N){
		for(int i=0; i<N; i++){
	public static void change_column_zero (int [][] array, int col, int M){
		for(int j=0; j<M; j++){
	public static void display_matrix (int array[][], int M, int N){
		for (int i=0; i<M; i++){
			for (int j=0; j<N; j++){
				System.out.printf("%2d", array[i][j]);
	public static void main ( String args[]){
		int [][] array= {{1,0,2,4}, {8,9,4,3}, {5,6,9,0}};
		int row= array.length;
		int column = array[0].length;
		check_zero(array, row, column);
		display_matrix(array, row,column);


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