# Posts tagged as “O(n)”

A newly designed keypad was tested, where a tester pressed a sequence of n keys, one at a time.

You are given a string keysPressed of length n, where keysPressed[i] was the ith key pressed in the testing sequence, and a sorted list releaseTimes, where releaseTimes[i] was the time the ith key was released. Both arrays are 0-indexed. The 0th key was pressed at the time 0, and every subsequent key was pressed at the exact time the previous key was released.

The tester wants to know the key of the keypress that had the longest duration. The ithkeypress had a duration of releaseTimes[i] - releaseTimes[i - 1], and the 0th keypress had a duration of releaseTimes.

Note that the same key could have been pressed multiple times during the test, and these multiple presses of the same key may not have had the same duration.

Return the key of the keypress that had the longest duration. If there are multiple such keypresses, return the lexicographically largest key of the keypresses.

Example 1:

Input: releaseTimes = [9,29,49,50], keysPressed = "cbcd"
Output: "c"
Explanation: The keypresses were as follows:
Keypress for 'c' had a duration of 9 (pressed at time 0 and released at time 9).
Keypress for 'b' had a duration of 29 - 9 = 20 (pressed at time 9 right after the release of the previous character and released at time 29).
Keypress for 'c' had a duration of 49 - 29 = 20 (pressed at time 29 right after the release of the previous character and released at time 49).
Keypress for 'd' had a duration of 50 - 49 = 1 (pressed at time 49 right after the release of the previous character and released at time 50).
The longest of these was the keypress for 'b' and the second keypress for 'c', both with duration 20.
'c' is lexicographically larger than 'b', so the answer is 'c'.


Example 2:

Input: releaseTimes = [12,23,36,46,62], keysPressed = "spuda"
Output: "a"
Explanation: The keypresses were as follows:
Keypress for 's' had a duration of 12.
Keypress for 'p' had a duration of 23 - 12 = 11.
Keypress for 'u' had a duration of 36 - 23 = 13.
Keypress for 'd' had a duration of 46 - 36 = 10.
Keypress for 'a' had a duration of 62 - 46 = 16.
The longest of these was the keypress for 'a' with duration 16.

Constraints:

• releaseTimes.length == n
• keysPressed.length == n
• 2 <= n <= 1000
• 0 <= releaseTimes[i] <= 109
• releaseTimes[i] < releaseTimes[i+1]
• keysPressed contains only lowercase English letters.

## Solution: Straightforward

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

## C++

class Solution {
public:
char slowestKey(vector& releaseTimes, string keysPressed) {
int l = releaseTimes;
char ans = keysPressed;

for (int i = 1; i < releaseTimes.size(); ++i) {
int t = releaseTimes[i] - releaseTimes[i - 1];
if (t > l) {
ans = keysPressed[i];
l = t;
} else if (t == l) {
ans = max(ans, keysPressed[i]);
}
}
return ans;
}
};


Given an array of integers nums, you start with an initial positive value startValue.

In each iteration, you calculate the step by step sum of startValue plus elements in nums (from left to right).

Return the minimum positive value of startValue such that the step by step sum is never less than 1.

Example 1:

Input: nums = [-3,2,-3,4,2]
Output: 5
Explanation: If you choose startValue = 4, in the third iteration your step by step sum is less than 1.
step by step sum
startValue = 4 | startValue = 5 | nums
(4 -3 ) = 1  | (5 -3 ) = 2    |  -3
(1 +2 ) = 3  | (2 +2 ) = 4    |   2
(3 -3 ) = 0  | (4 -3 ) = 1    |  -3
(0 +4 ) = 4  | (1 +4 ) = 5    |   4
(4 +2 ) = 6  | (5 +2 ) = 7    |   2


Example 2:

Input: nums = [1,2]
Output: 1
Explanation: Minimum start value should be positive.


Example 3:

Input: nums = [1,-2,-3]
Output: 5


Constraints:

• 1 <= nums.length <= 100
• -100 <= nums[i] <= 100

## Solution: Prefix sum

Find the minimum prefix sum, ans = – min(prefix_sum, 0) + 1

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

## C++

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


Constraints:

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

## Solution: Simulation

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

## Python3

There is a room with n bulbs, numbered from 1 to n, arranged in a row from left to right. Initially, all the bulbs are turned off.

At moment k (for k from 0 to n - 1), we turn on the light[k] bulb. A bulb change color to blue only if it is on and all the previous bulbs (to the left) are turned on too.

Return the number of moments in which all turned on bulbs are blue.

Example 1:

Input: light = [2,1,3,5,4]
Output: 3
Explanation: All bulbs turned on, are blue at the moment 1, 2 and 4.


Example 2:

Input: light = [3,2,4,1,5]
Output: 2
Explanation: All bulbs turned on, are blue at the moment 3, and 4 (index-0).


Example 3:

Input: light = [4,1,2,3]
Output: 1
Explanation: All bulbs turned on, are blue at the moment 3 (index-0).
Bulb 4th changes to blue at the moment 3.


Example 4:

Input: light = [2,1,4,3,6,5]
Output: 3


Example 5:

Input: light = [1,2,3,4,5,6]
Output: 6


Constraints:

• n == light.length
• 1 <= n <= 5 * 10^4
• light is a permutation of  [1, 2, ..., n]

## Solution

Track the right most light l_k, all turned-on lights are blue if and only if the right most one is k, and there are exact k lights on right now.

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

## C++

Given an integer nreturn a string with n characters such that each character in such string occurs an odd number of times.

The returned string must contain only lowercase English letters. If there are multiples valid strings, return any of them.

Example 1:

Input: n = 4
Output: "pppz"
Explanation: "pppz" is a valid string since the character 'p' occurs three times and the character 'z' occurs once. Note that there are many other valid strings such as "ohhh" and "love".


Example 2:

Input: n = 2
Output: "xy"
Explanation: "xy" is a valid string since the characters 'x' and 'y' occur once. Note that there are many other valid strings such as "ag" and "ur".


Example 3:

Input: n = 7
Output: "holasss"


Constraints:

• 1 <= n <= 500

## Solution: Greedy

if n is odd, return n ‘a’s.
otherwise, return n -1 ‘a’s and 1 ‘b’

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

## Python3

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