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花花酱 LeetCode 209. Minimum Size Subarray Sum

Given an array of n positive integers and a positive integer s, find the minimal length of a contiguoussubarray of which the sum ≥ s. If there isn’t one, return 0 instead.


Input: s = 7, nums = [2,3,1,2,4,3]
Output: 2
Explanation: the subarray [4,3] has the minimal length under the problem constraint.

Follow up:If you have figured out the O(n) solution, try coding another solution of which the time complexity is O(n log n). 

Solution 1: Two Pointers (Sliding Window)

Maintain a sliding window [l, r) such that sum(nums[l:r)) >= s, then move l to l + 1, and move r accordingly to make the window valid.

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


花花酱 LeetCode 125. Valid Palindrome

Given a string, determine if it is a palindrome, considering only alphanumeric characters and ignoring cases.

Note: For the purpose of this problem, we define empty string as valid palindrome.

Example 1:

Input: "A man, a plan, a canal: Panama"
Output: true

Example 2:

Input: "race a car"
Output: false

Solution: Two pointers

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


花花酱 LeetCode 992. Subarrays with K Different Integers

Given an array A of positive integers, call a (contiguous, not necessarily distinct) subarray of A good if the number of different integers in that subarray is exactly K.

(For example, [1,2,3,1,2] has 3 different integers: 12, and 3.)

Return the number of good subarrays of A.

Example 1:

Input: A = [1,2,1,2,3], K = 2
Output: 7
Explanation: Subarrays formed with exactly 2 different integers: [1,2], [2,1], [1,2], [2,3], [1,2,1], [2,1,2], [1,2,1,2].

Example 2:

Input: A = [1,2,1,3,4], K = 3
Output: 3
Explanation: Subarrays formed with exactly 3 different integers: [1,2,1,3], [2,1,3], [1,3,4].


  1. 1 <= A.length <= 20000
  2. 1 <= A[i] <= A.length
  3. 1 <= K <= A.length

Solution: Two pointers + indirection

Let f(x) denote the number of subarrays with x or less distinct numbers.
ans = f(K) – f(K-1)
It takes O(n) Time and O(n) Space to compute f(x)


Related Problems

花花酱 LeetCode 986. Interval List Intersections

Given two lists of closed intervals, each list of intervals is pairwise disjoint and in sorted order.

Return the intersection of these two interval lists.

(Formally, a closed interval [a, b] (with a <= b) denotes the set of real numbers x with a <= x <= b.  The intersection of two closed intervals is a set of real numbers that is either empty, or can be represented as a closed interval.  For example, the intersection of [1, 3] and [2, 4] is [2, 3].)

Example 1:

Input: A = [[0,2],[5,10],[13,23],[24,25]], B = [[1,5],[8,12],[15,24],[25,26]]
Output: [[1,2],[5,5],[8,10],[15,23],[24,24],[25,25]]
Reminder: The inputs and the desired output are lists of Interval objects, and not arrays or lists.


  1. 0 <= A.length < 1000
  2. 0 <= B.length < 1000
  3. 0 <= A[i].start, A[i].end, B[i].start, B[i].end < 10^9

Solution: Two pointers

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



花花酱 LeetCode 977. Squares of a Sorted Array

Given an array of integers A sorted in non-decreasing order, return an array of the squares of each number, also in sorted non-decreasing order.

Example 1:

Input: [-4,-1,0,3,10]
Output: [0,1,9,16,100]

Example 2:

Input: [-7,-3,2,3,11]
Output: [4,9,9,49,121]


  1. 1 <= A.length <= 10000
  2. -10000 <= A[i] <= 10000
  3. A is sorted in non-decreasing order.

Solution: Two pointers + Merge two sorted arrays

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