Algorithm 
Step 1. Create a function "minRequiredSteps()" to find the minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly, which will accept two inputs  the given vector of integers and its size ‘N’.
Step 2. Inside the function "minRequiredSteps()", first remove all the consecutive elements of the vector and resize it.
Step 3. Now, declare a 2dimensional array ‘dp’ to store the number of steps required to remove elements from index 'left' to 'right' for each pair of indices ‘'left' and 'right', by removing consecutive equal elements repeatedly
Step 4. Now run a for loop for iterating from 0 to N as the right of the subarray we are considering. For each value of ‘right’ first, write the base case as ‘dp[right][right] = 1’ because removing the subarray of size 1 will require 1 step.
Step 5. Next using vectors ‘B’ and ‘C’, store the vector elements which are equal to the element at position ‘right’ in the vector ‘A’. Now for each value of ‘right’, run a ‘for loop’ for iterating through all possible values of ‘left’ of the subarray to be considered. For each value of ‘left’ and ‘right’, find the minimum number of steps required to remove the elements of that subarray and store it in the ‘dp’ array.
Step 6. Finally, the value stored in the dp[0][N1] corresponds to the number of steps required to remove elements from index '0’ to 'N1' by removing consecutive equal elements repeatedly. So, the minimum number of steps required to make all array elements from ‘0’ to ‘N1’ equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly is dp[0][N1].
C++ code:
// C++ program for finding the minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
// Function for finding the minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly
int minRequiredSteps(vector<int> A, int N)
{
int x = 0;
// Removing the consecutive elements
for (int i = 1; i < N; ++i)
{
if (A[i] != A[x])
{
x = x+1;
A[x] = A[i];
}
}
// Final size of the array after removing all the consecutive elements
N = x + 1;
A.resize(N);
/*
Declaring the dp array to store the number of steps required to remove
elements from index 'left' to 'right' for each pair of 'left' and
'right', by removing consecutive equal elements repeatedly
*/
int dp[N][N];
// Declaring vectors to keep track of elements with same value
vector<int> B(N + 1, 1);
vector<int> C(N, 1);
for (int right = 0; right < N; right++)
{
dp[right][right] = 1;
C[right] = B[A[right]];
B[A[right]] = right;
for (int left = right  1; left >= 0; left)
{
int min_steps = dp[left][right  1] + 1;
// Update min_steps using all the indices having element equal to the element at index right
for (int i = C[right]; i > left; i = C[i])
{
min_steps = min(min_steps, dp[left][i  1] + dp[i][right]);
}
// If the elements at indices left and right are equal
if (A[left] == A[right])
{
min_steps = min(min_steps, dp[left + 1][right]);
}
dp[left][right] = min_steps;
}
}
return dp[0][N  1]  1;
}
// Main Function
int main()
{
// Given array
vector<int> A = { 3, 4, 1, 4, 3 };
// Size of the array
int N = A.size();
/*
Call the function for finding the minimum steps required to make all array
elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly
*/
cout<<"The minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly are: "<<minRequiredSteps(A, N);
return 0;
}
Output:
The minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly are: 2
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Algorithm Complexity:
Time Complexity: O(N ^ 3)
In the function "minRequiredSteps()" to find the minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly, three nested loops are run, each having a maximum iteration of N. So, the overall time complexity is O(N ^ 3), where 'N' is the length of the given array.
Space Complexity: O(N ^ 2)
In the function "minRequiredSteps()" to find the minimum steps required to make all array elements equal by replacing consecutive occurrences of a number repeatedly, we have created a 2dimensional array of size N^2. So, the space complexity is O(N ^ 2), where 'N' is the length of the given array.
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FAQs

In the above dynamic approach solution, what does the state dp[i][j] represent?
In the above dynamic programming solution, dp[i][j] represents the minimum number of steps required to remove all the elements between indices ‘i’ and ‘j’ (both inclusive) from the array.

In the above dynamic approach solution, why we have used the base case “dp[i][i] = 1”?
In the solution, dp[i][i] represents the minimum number of steps required to remove the i^{th} element from the array and there will be one step required to remove any one element of the array which is our base case.
Key takeaways
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