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花花酱 LeetCode 1274. Number of Ships in a Rectangle

(This problem is an interactive problem.)

On the sea represented by a cartesian plane, each ship is located at an integer point, and each integer point may contain at most 1 ship.

You have a function Sea.hasShips(topRight, bottomLeft) which takes two points as arguments and returns true if and only if there is at least one ship in the rectangle represented by the two points, including on the boundary.

Given two points, which are the top right and bottom left corners of a rectangle, return the number of ships present in that rectangle.  It is guaranteed that there are at most 10 ships in that rectangle.

Submissions making more than 400 calls to hasShips will be judged Wrong Answer.  Also, any solutions that attempt to circumvent the judge will result in disqualification.

Example :

ships = [[1,1],[2,2],[3,3],[5,5]], topRight = [4,4], bottomLeft = [0,0]
Output: 3
Explanation: From [0,0] to [4,4] we can count 3 ships within the range.


  • On the input ships is only given to initialize the map internally. You must solve this problem “blindfolded”. In other words, you must find the answer using the given hasShips API, without knowing the ships position.
  • 0 <= bottomLeft[0] <= topRight[0] <= 1000
  • 0 <= bottomLeft[1] <= topRight[1] <= 1000

Solution: Divide and Conquer

If the current rectangle contains ships, subdivide it into 4 smaller ones until
1) no ships contained
2) the current rectangle is a single point (e.g. topRight == bottomRight)

Time complexity: O(logn)
Space complexity: O(logn)


花花酱 LeetCode 23. Merge k Sorted Lists

Merge k sorted linked lists and return it as one sorted list. Analyze and describe its complexity.


Output: 1->1->2->3->4->4->5->6

Solution 1: Min heap

Time complexity: O(nklogk)
Space complexity: O(k)


Solution 2: Merge Sort

Time complexity: O(nklogk)
Space complexity: O(logk)


花花酱 LeetCode 775. Global and Local Inversions


We have some permutation A of [0, 1, ..., N - 1], where N is the length of A.

The number of (global) inversions is the number of i < j with 0 <= i < j < N and A[i] > A[j].

The number of local inversions is the number of i with 0 <= i < N and A[i] > A[i+1].

Return true if and only if the number of global inversions is equal to the number of local inversions.

Example 1:

Input: A = [1,0,2]
Output: true
Explanation: There is 1 global inversion, and 1 local inversion.

Example 2:

Input: A = [1,2,0]
Output: false
Explanation: There are 2 global inversions, and 1 local inversion.


  • A will be a permutation of [0, 1, ..., A.length - 1].
  • A will have length in range [1, 5000].
  • The time limit for this problem has been reduced.

Solution1: Brute Force (TLE)

Time complexity: O(n^2)

Space complexity: O(1)



Solution2: MergeSort

Time complexity: O(nlogn)

Space complexity: O(n)



Solution3: Input Property

Input is a permutation of [0, 1, …, N – 1]

Time Complexity: O(n)

Space Complexity: O(1)



花花酱 LeetCode 856. Score of Parentheses


Given a balanced parentheses string S, compute the score of the string based on the following rule:

  • () has score 1
  • AB has score A + B, where A and B are balanced parentheses strings.
  • (A) has score 2 * A, where A is a balanced parentheses string.


Example 1:

Input: "()"
Output: 1

Example 2:

Input: "(())"
Output: 2

Example 3:

Input: "()()"
Output: 2

Example 4:

Input: "(()(()))"
Output: 6

Solution1: Recursion

Time complexity: O(n^2)

Space complexity: O(n)


Solution2: Counting

Time complexity: O(n)

Space complexity: O(1)