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花花酱 LeetCode 1483. Kth Ancestor of a Tree Node

You are given a tree with n nodes numbered from 0 to n-1 in the form of a parent array where parent[i] is the parent of node i. The root of the tree is node 0.

Implement the function getKthAncestor(int node, int k) to return the k-th ancestor of the given node. If there is no such ancestor, return -1.

The k-th ancestor of a tree node is the k-th node in the path from that node to the root.





Explanation: TreeAncestor treeAncestor = new TreeAncestor(7, [-1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2]); treeAncestor.getKthAncestor(3, 1); // returns 1 which is the parent of 3 treeAncestor.getKthAncestor(5, 2); // returns 0 which is the grandparent of 5 treeAncestor.getKthAncestor(6, 3); // returns -1 because there is no such ancestor


  • 1 <= k <= n <= 5*10^4
  • parent[0] == -1 indicating that 0 is the root node.
  • 0 <= parent[i] < n for all 0 < i < n
  • 0 <= node < n
  • There will be at most 5*10^4 queries.

Solution: LogN ancestors

  1. Build the tree from parent array
  2. Traverse the tree
  3. For each node stores up to logn ancestros, 2^0-th, 2^1-th, 2^2-th, …

When k comes in, each node take the highest bit h out, and query its 2^h’s ancestors with k <- (k – 2^h). There will be at most logk recursive query. When it ends? k == 0, we found the ancestors which is the current node. Or node == 0 and k > 0, we already at root which doesn’t have any ancestors so return -1.

Time complexity:
Construction: O(nlogn)
Query: O(logk)

Space complexity:


DP method


Solution 2: Binary Search

credit: Ziwu Zhou

Construction: O(n)

Traverse the tree in post order, for each node record its depth and id (visiting order).
For each depth, store all the nodes and their ids.

Query: O(logn)

Get the depth and id of the node, if k > d, return -1.
Use binary search to find the first node at depth[d – k] that has a id greater than the query’s one That node is the k-th ancestor of the node.


花花酱 LeetCode 1404. Number of Steps to Reduce a Number in Binary Representation to One

Given a number s in their binary representation. Return the number of steps to reduce it to 1 under the following rules:

  • If the current number is even, you have to divide it by 2.
  • If the current number is odd, you have to add 1 to it.

It’s guaranteed that you can always reach to one for all testcases.

Example 1:

Input: s = "1101"
Output: 6
Explanation: "1101" corressponds to number 13 in their decimal representation.
Step 1) 13 is odd, add 1 and obtain 14. 
Step 2) 14 is even, divide by 2 and obtain 7.
Step 3) 7 is odd, add 1 and obtain 8.
Step 4) 8 is even, divide by 2 and obtain 4.  
Step 5) 4 is even, divide by 2 and obtain 2. 
Step 6) 2 is even, divide by 2 and obtain 1.  

Example 2:

Input: s = "10"
Output: 1
Explanation: "10" corressponds to number 2 in their decimal representation.
Step 1) 2 is even, divide by 2 and obtain 1.  

Example 3:

Input: s = "1"
Output: 0


  • 1 <= s.length <= 500
  • s consists of characters ‘0’ or ‘1’
  • s[0] == '1'

Solution: Simulation

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



花花酱 LeetCode 1386. Cinema Seat Allocation

A cinema has n rows of seats, numbered from 1 to n and there are ten seats in each row, labelled from 1 to 10 as shown in the figure above.

Given the array reservedSeats containing the numbers of seats already reserved, for example, reservedSeats[i]=[3,8] means the seat located in row 3 and labelled with 8 is already reserved. 

Return the maximum number of four-person families you can allocate on the cinema seats. A four-person family occupies fours seats in one row, that are next to each other. Seats across an aisle (such as [3,3] and [3,4]) are not considered to be next to each other, however, It is permissible for the four-person family to be separated by an aisle, but in that case, exactly two people have to sit on each side of the aisle.

Example 1:

Input: n = 3, reservedSeats = [[1,2],[1,3],[1,8],[2,6],[3,1],[3,10]]
Output: 4
Explanation: The figure above shows the optimal allocation for four families, where seats mark with blue are already reserved and contiguous seats mark with orange are for one family. 

Example 2:

Input: n = 2, reservedSeats = [[2,1],[1,8],[2,6]]
Output: 2

Example 3:

Input: n = 4, reservedSeats = [[4,3],[1,4],[4,6],[1,7]]
Output: 4


  • 1 <= n <= 10^9
  • 1 <= reservedSeats.length <= min(10*n, 10^4)
  • reservedSeats[i].length == 2
  • 1 <= reservedSeats[i][0] <= n
  • 1 <= reservedSeats[i][1] <= 10
  • All reservedSeats[i] are distinct.

Solution: HashTable + Greedy

if both seat[2~5] seat[6~9] are empty, seat two groups.
if any of seat[2~5] seat[4~7] seat[6~9] is empty seat one group.
if there is no one sit in a row, seat two groups.

Time complexity: O(|reservedSeats|)
Space complexity: O(|rows|)


花花酱 LeetCode 393. UTF-8 Validation

A character in UTF8 can be from 1 to 4 bytes long, subjected to the following rules:

  1. For 1-byte character, the first bit is a 0, followed by its unicode code.
  2. For n-bytes character, the first n-bits are all one’s, the n+1 bit is 0, followed by n-1 bytes with most significant 2 bits being 10.

This is how the UTF-8 encoding would work:

Given an array of integers representing the data, return whether it is a valid utf-8 encoding.

The input is an array of integers. Only the least significant 8 bits of each integer is used to store the data. This means each integer represents only 1 byte of data.

Example 1:

data = [197, 130, 1], which represents the octet sequence: 11000101 10000010 00000001.

Return true.
It is a valid utf-8 encoding for a 2-bytes character followed by a 1-byte character.

Example 2:

data = [235, 140, 4], which represented the octet sequence: 11101011 10001100 00000100.

Return false.
The first 3 bits are all one's and the 4th bit is 0 means it is a 3-bytes character.
The next byte is a continuation byte which starts with 10 and that's correct.
But the second continuation byte does not start with 10, so it is invalid.

Solution: Bit Operation

Check the first byte of a character and find out the number of bytes (from 0 to 3) left to check. The left bytes must start with 0b10.

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


花花酱 LeetCode 1356. Sort Integers by The Number of 1 Bits

Given an integer array arr. You have to sort the integers in the array in ascending order by the number of 1’s in their binary representation and in case of two or more integers have the same number of 1’s you have to sort them in ascending order.

Return the sorted array.

Example 1:

Input: arr = [0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
Output: [0,1,2,4,8,3,5,6,7]
Explantion: [0] is the only integer with 0 bits.
[1,2,4,8] all have 1 bit.
[3,5,6] have 2 bits.
[7] has 3 bits.
The sorted array by bits is [0,1,2,4,8,3,5,6,7]

Example 2:

Input: arr = [1024,512,256,128,64,32,16,8,4,2,1]
Output: [1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128,256,512,1024]
Explantion: All integers have 1 bit in the binary representation, you should just sort them in ascending order.

Example 3:

Input: arr = [10000,10000]
Output: [10000,10000]

Example 4:

Input: arr = [2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19]
Output: [2,3,5,17,7,11,13,19]

Example 5:

Input: arr = [10,100,1000,10000]
Output: [10,100,10000,1000]


  • 1 <= arr.length <= 500
  • 0 <= arr[i] <= 10^4

Solution: Sorting

Time complexity: O(nlogn)
Space complexity: O(1)