# Exercise 8.2.4

Describe an algorithm that, given $n$ integers in the range $0$ to $k$, preprocesses its input and then answers any query about how many of the $n$ integers fall into a range $[a..b]$ in $\O(1)$ time. Your algorithm should use $\Theta(n+k)$ preprocessing time.

This is not even challenging.

We just take the part of COUNTING-SORT that builds up the array C. Whenever we want to count the number of integers in $[a..b]$, we take C[b] - C[a-1] (where C[-1] = 0). This yields the number of integers in the given range.