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花花酱 LeetCode 1162. As Far from Land as Possible

Given an N x N grid containing only values 0 and 1, where 0 represents water and 1 represents land, find a water cell such that its distance to the nearest land cell is maximized and return the distance.

The distance used in this problem is the Manhattan distance: the distance between two cells (x0, y0) and (x1, y1)is |x0 - x1| + |y0 - y1|.

If no land or water exists in the grid, return -1.

Example 1:

Input: [[1,0,1],[0,0,0],[1,0,1]]
Output: 2
The cell (1, 1) is as far as possible from all the land with distance 2.

Example 2:

Input: [[1,0,0],[0,0,0],[0,0,0]]
Output: 4
The cell (2, 2) is as far as possible from all the land with distance 4.


  1. 1 <= grid.length == grid[0].length <= 100
  2. grid[i][j] is 0 or 1

Solution: BFS

Put all land cells into a queue as source nodes and BFS for water cells, the last expanded one will be the farthest.

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


花花酱 LeetCode 1129. Shortest Path with Alternating Colors

Consider a directed graph, with nodes labelled 0, 1, ..., n-1.  In this graph, each edge is either red or blue, and there could be self-edges or parallel edges.

Each [i, j] in red_edges denotes a red directed edge from node i to node j.  Similarly, each [i, j] in blue_edges denotes a blue directed edge from node i to node j.

Return an array answer of length n, where each answer[X] is the length of the shortest path from node 0 to node X such that the edge colors alternate along the path (or -1 if such a path doesn’t exist).

Example 1:

Input: n = 3, red_edges = [[0,1],[1,2]], blue_edges = []
Output: [0,1,-1]

Example 2:

Input: n = 3, red_edges = [[0,1]], blue_edges = [[2,1]]
Output: [0,1,-1]

Example 3:

Input: n = 3, red_edges = [[1,0]], blue_edges = [[2,1]]
Output: [0,-1,-1]

Example 4:

Input: n = 3, red_edges = [[0,1]], blue_edges = [[1,2]]
Output: [0,1,2]

Example 5:

Input: n = 3, red_edges = [[0,1],[0,2]], blue_edges = [[1,0]]
Output: [0,1,1]


  • 1 <= n <= 100
  • red_edges.length <= 400
  • blue_edges.length <= 400
  • red_edges[i].length == blue_edges[i].length == 2
  • 0 <= red_edges[i][j], blue_edges[i][j] < n

Solution: BFS

Time complexity: O(|V| + |E|)
Space complexity: O(|V| + |E|)


花花酱 LeetCode 838. Push Dominoes

here are N dominoes in a line, and we place each domino vertically upright.

In the beginning, we simultaneously push some of the dominoes either to the left or to the right.

After each second, each domino that is falling to the left pushes the adjacent domino on the left.

Similarly, the dominoes falling to the right push their adjacent dominoes standing on the right.

When a vertical domino has dominoes falling on it from both sides, it stays still due to the balance of the forces.

For the purposes of this question, we will consider that a falling domino expends no additional force to a falling or already fallen domino.

Given a string “S” representing the initial state. S[i] = 'L', if the i-th domino has been pushed to the left; S[i] = 'R', if the i-th domino has been pushed to the right; S[i] = '.', if the i-th domino has not been pushed.

Return a string representing the final state. 

Example 1:

Input: ".L.R...LR..L.."
Output: "LL.RR.LLRRLL.."

Example 2:

Input: "RR.L"
Output: "RR.L"
Explanation: The first domino expends no additional force on the second domino.


  1. 0 <= N <= 10^5
  2. String dominoes contains only 'L‘, 'R' and '.'

Solution: Simulation

Simulate the push process, record the steps from L and R for each domino.
steps(L) == steps(R) => “.”
steps(L) < steps(R) => “L”
steps(L) > steps(R) => “R”

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


花花酱 8 Puzzles – Bidirectional A* vs Bidirectional BFS

8 Puzzles # nodes expended of 1000 solvable instances


Nodes expended: BiDirectional A* << A* (Manhattan) <= Bidirectional BFS < A* Hamming << BFS
Running time: BiDirectional A* < Bidirectional BFS <= A* (Manhattan) < A* Hamming << BFS


C++ Version

花花酱 LeetCode 994. Rotting Oranges

In a given grid, each cell can have one of three values:

  • the value 0 representing an empty cell;
  • the value 1 representing a fresh orange;
  • the value 2 representing a rotten orange.

Every minute, any fresh orange that is adjacent (4-directionally) to a rotten orange becomes rotten.

Return the minimum number of minutes that must elapse until no cell has a fresh orange.  If this is impossible, return -1instead.

Example 1:

Input: [[2,1,1],[1,1,0],[0,1,1]]
Output: 4

Example 2:

Input: [[2,1,1],[0,1,1],[1,0,1]]
Output: -1
Explanation:  The orange in the bottom left corner (row 2, column 0) is never rotten, because rotting only happens 4-directionally.

Example 3:

Input: [[0,2]]
Output: 0
Explanation:  Since there are already no fresh oranges at minute 0, the answer is just 0.


  1. 1 <= grid.length <= 10
  2. 1 <= grid[0].length <= 10
  3. grid[i][j] is only 01, or 2.

Solution: BFS

Time complexity: O(mn)
Space complexity: O(mn)