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花花酱 LeetCode 1642. Furthest Building You Can Reach

You are given an integer array heights representing the heights of buildings, some bricks, and some ladders.

You start your journey from building 0 and move to the next building by possibly using bricks or ladders.

While moving from building i to building i+1 (0-indexed),

  • If the current building’s height is greater than or equal to the next building’s height, you do not need a ladder or bricks.
  • If the current building’s height is less than the next building’s height, you can either use one ladder or (h[i+1] - h[i]) bricks.

Return the furthest building index (0-indexed) you can reach if you use the given ladders and bricks optimally.

Example 1:

Input: heights = [4,2,7,6,9,14,12], bricks = 5, ladders = 1
Output: 4
Explanation: Starting at building 0, you can follow these steps:
- Go to building 1 without using ladders nor bricks since 4 >= 2.
- Go to building 2 using 5 bricks. You must use either bricks or ladders because 2 < 7.
- Go to building 3 without using ladders nor bricks since 7 >= 6.
- Go to building 4 using your only ladder. You must use either bricks or ladders because 6 < 9.
It is impossible to go beyond building 4 because you do not have any more bricks or ladders.

Example 2:

Input: heights = [4,12,2,7,3,18,20,3,19], bricks = 10, ladders = 2
Output: 7

Example 3:

Input: heights = [14,3,19,3], bricks = 17, ladders = 0
Output: 3


  • 1 <= heights.length <= 105
  • 1 <= heights[i] <= 106
  • 0 <= bricks <= 109
  • 0 <= ladders <= heights.length

Solution 0: DFS

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

AC but should be TLE

Solution 1: Binary Search + Greedy

Guess we can reach to m, sort the height differences from 0~m. Use ladders for larger values and use bricks for smallest values left.

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


Solution 2: Min heap

Use a min heap to store all the height differences ( > 0) so far, if heap size is greater than ladders, which means we have to use bricks, extract the smallest value and subtract the bricks.

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


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