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Given a string s of lower and upper case English letters.

A good string is a string which doesn’t have two adjacent characters s[i] and s[i + 1] where:

• 0 <= i <= s.length - 2
• s[i] is a lower-case letter and s[i + 1] is the same letter but in upper-case or vice-versa.

To make the string good, you can choose two adjacent characters that make the string bad and remove them. You can keep doing this until the string becomes good.

Return the string after making it good. The answer is guaranteed to be unique under the given constraints.

Notice that an empty string is also good.

Example 1:

Input: s = "leEeetcode"
Output: "leetcode"
Explanation: In the first step, either you choose i = 1 or i = 2, both will result "leEeetcode" to be reduced to "leetcode".


Example 2:

Input: s = "abBAcC"
Output: ""
Explanation: We have many possible scenarios, and all lead to the same answer. For example:
"abBAcC" --> "aAcC" --> "cC" --> ""
"abBAcC" --> "abBA" --> "aA" --> ""


Example 3:

Input: s = "s"
Output: "s"


Constraints:

• 1 <= s.length <= 100
• s contains only lower and upper case English letters.

## Solution: Stack

Iterator over the string, compare current char with top of the stack, if they are a bad pair, pop the stack (remove both of them). Otherwise, push the current char onto the stack.

input: “abBAcC”
“a”
“ab”
“abB” -> “a”
aA” -> “”
“c”
cC” -> “”
ans = “”

Time complexity: O(n)
Space complexity: O(n)

## Python3

Given the array prices where prices[i] is the price of the ith item in a shop. There is a special discount for items in the shop, if you buy the ith item, then you will receive a discount equivalent to prices[j] where j is the minimum index such that j > i and prices[j] <= prices[i], otherwise, you will not receive any discount at all.

Return an array where the ith element is the final price you will pay for the ith item of the shop considering the special discount.

Example 1:

Input: prices = [8,4,6,2,3]
Output: [4,2,4,2,3]
Explanation:
For item 0 with price[0]=8 you will receive a discount equivalent to prices[1]=4, therefore, the final price you will pay is 8 - 4 = 4.
For item 1 with price[1]=4 you will receive a discount equivalent to prices[3]=2, therefore, the final price you will pay is 4 - 2 = 2.
For item 2 with price[2]=6 you will receive a discount equivalent to prices[3]=2, therefore, the final price you will pay is 6 - 2 = 4.
For items 3 and 4 you will not receive any discount at all.


Example 2:

Input: prices = [1,2,3,4,5]
Output: [1,2,3,4,5]
Explanation: In this case, for all items, you will not receive any discount at all.


Example 3:

Input: prices = [10,1,1,6]
Output: [9,0,1,6]


Constraints:

• 1 <= prices.length <= 500
• 1 <= prices[i] <= 10^3

## Solution 1: Simulation

Time complexity: O(n^2)
Space complexity: O(1)

## Solution 2: Monotonic Stack

Use a stack to store monotonically increasing items, when the current item is cheaper than the top of the stack, we get the discount and pop that item. Repeat until the current item is no longer cheaper or the stack becomes empty.

Time complexity: O(n)
Space complexity: O(n)

index version

## C++

Design a stack which supports the following operations.

Implement the CustomStack class:

• CustomStack(int maxSize) Initializes the object with maxSize which is the maximum number of elements in the stack or do nothing if the stack reached the maxSize.
• void push(int x) Adds x to the top of the stack if the stack hasn’t reached the maxSize.
• int pop() Pops and returns the top of stack or -1 if the stack is empty.
• void inc(int k, int val) Increments the bottom k elements of the stack by val. If there are less than k elements in the stack, just increment all the elements in the stack.

Example 1:

Input
["CustomStack","push","push","pop","push","push","push","increment","increment","pop","pop","pop","pop"]
[[3],[1],[2],[],[2],[3],[4],[5,100],[2,100],[],[],[],[]]
Output
[null,null,null,2,null,null,null,null,null,103,202,201,-1]
Explanation
CustomStack customStack = new CustomStack(3); // Stack is Empty []
customStack.push(1);                          // stack becomes [1]
customStack.push(2);                          // stack becomes [1, 2]
customStack.pop();                            // return 2 --> Return top of the stack 2, stack becomes [1]
customStack.push(2);                          // stack becomes [1, 2]
customStack.push(3);                          // stack becomes [1, 2, 3]
customStack.push(4);                          // stack still [1, 2, 3], Don't add another elements as size is 4
customStack.increment(5, 100);                // stack becomes [101, 102, 103]
customStack.increment(2, 100);                // stack becomes [201, 202, 103]
customStack.pop();                            // return 103 --> Return top of the stack 103, stack becomes [201, 202]
customStack.pop();                            // return 202 --> Return top of the stack 102, stack becomes [201]
customStack.pop();                            // return 201 --> Return top of the stack 101, stack becomes []
customStack.pop();                            // return -1 --> Stack is empty return -1.


Time complexity:
init: O(1)
pop: O(1)
push: O(1)
inc: O(k)

## C++

Implement a basic calculator to evaluate a simple expression string.

The expression string contains only non-negative integers, +-*/ operators and empty spaces . The integer division should truncate toward zero.

Example 1:

Input: "3+2*2"
Output: 7


Example 2:

Input: " 3/2 "
Output: 1

Example 3:

Input: " 3+5 / 2 "
Output: 5


Note:

• You may assume that the given expression is always valid.
• Do not use the eval built-in library function.

## Solution: Stack

if operator is ‘+’ or ‘-’, push the current num * sign onto stack.
if operator ‘*’ or ‘/’, pop the last num from stack and * or / by the current num and push it back to stack.

The answer is the sum of numbers on stack.

3+2*2 => {3}, {3,2}, {3, 2*2} = {3, 4} => ans = 7
3 +5/2 => {3}, {3,5}, {3, 5/2} = {3, 2} => ans = 5
1 + 2*3 – 5 => {1}, {1,2}, {1,2*3} = {1,6}, {1, 6, -5} => ans = 2

Time complexity: O(n)
Space complexity: O(n)

## Related Problems

Given n non-negative integers representing the histogram’s bar height where the width of each bar is 1, find the area of largest rectangle in the histogram.

Above is a histogram where width of each bar is 1, given height = [2,1,5,6,2,3].

The largest rectangle is shown in the shaded area, which has area = 10 unit.

Example:

Input: [2,1,5,6,2,3]
Output: 10

## Solution 1: Monotonic Stack

Use a monotonic stack to maintain the higher bars’s indices in ascending order.
When encounter a lower bar, pop the tallest bar and use it as the bottleneck to compute the area.

Time complexity: O(n)
Space complexity: O(n)