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Flip String to Monotone Increasing

926. Flip String to Monotone Increasing


degree of difficulty:

A string of ‘0’s and ‘1’s is monotone increasing if it consists of some number of ‘0’s (possibly 0), followed by some number of’1’s (also possibly 0.)

We are given a string S of ‘0’s and ‘1’s, and we may flip any ‘0’ to a ‘1’ or a ‘1’ to a ‘0’.

Return the minimum number of flips to make S monotone increasing.

Example 1:

Input: "00110"
Output: 1
Explanation: We flip the last digit to get 00111. Example 2:

Input: "010110"
Output: 2
Explanation: We flip to get 011111, or alternatively 000111. Example 3:

Input: "00011000"
Output: 2
Explanation: We flip to get 00000000.


There has two solutions I think is good for me,their from @votrubac and @LiamHuang

  • For votrubac’s solution, we defined two vectors f0 and f1, which one is for count the ‘0’ -> ‘1’ flips from left to right; and one is for count ‘1’ -> ‘0’ from right to left; and then find the minimum f0[i] + f1[i].

Why dose it helpful? observing every example, we can find that every total result is a string that spited into left ‘0’ and right ‘1’, so the f0 count how much ‘1’ we should to flip to get a all ‘0’ string, and f1 count ‘0’. so that the minimum of __f0[i] + f1[i]__ represent the minimum chars we need to flip to make sure that the left are all ‘0’, and right are ‘1’.

the pic for explanation:


the code; note that we need set f0 and f1 S.size() + 1 capacity, we need to loop f0 from left to right, and we need to loop f1 from right to left; so that f0[i] and f1[i] are not represent an same position, but a succession position - like f0[i] represent S[i] but f1[i] represent S[i + 1].

int minFlipsMonoIncr(string S, int res = INT_MAX) {
    vector<int> f0(S.size() + 1), f1(S.size() + 1); 
    for (int i = 1, j = S.size() - 1; j >= 0; ++i, --j) {
        f0[i] += f0[i - 1] + (S[i - 1] == '0' ? 0 : 1);
        f1[j] += f1[j + 1] + (S[j] == '1' ? 0 : 1);
    for (int i = 0; i <= S.size(); ++i) res = min(res, f0[i] + f1[i]);
    return res;
  • For liamHuang’s solution, we dont need to define two vector, what we need to do,is to design a minFlips to count how much flips we need to do for a sub string, and to design a ones to count ‘1’s in origin string S, and make minFlips equal to min(ones, minFlips + 1)

It is because, when we meet ‘1’, ‘1’ is already on the right of the substring, and when ‘0’ come in, we need to consider two situations, flips all former ‘1’s to ‘0’ or make current ‘0’ to ‘1’, after minFlips flips before(because flip ‘0’ to ‘1’ must helpful). So this problem become a dp problem.

the code:

class Solution {
    int minFlipsMonoIncr(string S) {
        int ones = 0, minFlips = 0;
        for (char n : S) {
            if (n == '1') {
            } else {
                minFlips = min(minFlips + 1, ones);
        return minFlips;

Palindromic Substrings

647. Palindromic Substrings


degree of difficulty:

Given a string, your task is to count how many palindromic substrings in this string.

The substrings with different start indexes or end indexes are counted as different substrings even they consist of same characters.

Example 1:

Input: "abc"
Output: 3
Explanation: Three palindromic strings: "a", "b", "c". Example 2:

Input: "aaa"
Output: 6
Explanation: Six palindromic strings: "a", "a", "a", "aa", "aa", "aaa".


Solution is from @AES256

It is a DP problem first, so the core of this problem is to find the formal.

See the substring, if the left most equal to right most, remove them, the rest substring should still a palindrome string, so, it become a DP problem, we can use a 2d bool vector to store if the substring from i -> j is a palindrome string.

So, first we compare the left most and right most char at substring, if it is true, then compare dp[i + 1][j - 1] which i represent the start index from right to left, and j represent the end index.

The code; there has a trick, when j - i < 3, like ‘aba’ or ‘aa’, whatever the middle one is, it must be a palindorem string.

class Solution {
    int countSubstrings(string s) {
        int n = s.size();
        int res = 0;
        vector<vector<bool>> dp(n, vector<bool>(n));
        for (int i = n - 1; i >= 0; i--) {
            for (int j = i; j < n; j++) {
                dp[i][j] = s[i] == s[j] && (j - i < 3 || dp[i + 1][j - 1]);
                if(dp[i][j]) ++res;
        return res;
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