Beautiful Pairs

Solutions For each element in \(A\), we have to find the same element in \(B\). This is basically like performing the intersection between \(A\) and \(B\). Then, since we have to change one element in \(B\) in any case: if the intersection is just \(A\), we return A.size() - 1 otherwise, we return inters.size() + 1 Here is the idea in C++: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 int beautifulPairs(vector<int>& A, vector<int>& B) { sort(begin(A), end(A)); sort(begin(B), end(B)); vector<int> inters; set_intersection(begin(A), end(A), begin(B), end(B), back_inserter(inters)); if (inters. [Read More]

Beautiful Triplets

Warning: HackerRank has recently changed the constraints of the problem by allowing duplicates. This change invalidated a couple of our solutions. This is discussed in the post. Solutions We found many solutions to this challenge. Naive solution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 bool isBeautiful(int i, int j, int k, int d, const vector<int>& arr) { int a = arr[j] - arr[i]; int b = arr[k] - arr[j]; return a == b && a == d; } int beautifulTriplets(int d, vector<int> arr) { int n = arr. [Read More]

Cut the sticks

Solutions The naive solution to this problem consists in sorting the array in ascending order, subtracting the minimum value from all the sticks and printing the count of non-zero sticks. We can do better and avoid updating the stick lengths at every step (that makes the solution quadratic). One way consists in visiting each element only once: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 int N; cin >> N; vector<int> sticks(N); copy(istream_iterator<int>(cin), istream_iterator<int>(), begin(sticks)); sort(begin(sticks), end(sticks)); auto it = begin(sticks); while (it ! [Read More]

Find the Missing Value

Given an unsorted array of \( n-1 \) elements, it is missing exactly one element from the sequence of \( 1 \) to \( n\). Find the missing element. Input Format An integer \( n \) followed by \( n-1 \) space separated numeric values. Constraints \( 1<n<10^6 \) Output Format The missing value. Solutions This is an example of problems that we call manifold at Coding Gym, since they give us room to find several alternative solutions. [Read More]

Frequency Queries

Solutions Warning: the problem I/O might result slow. For some languages (e.g. C++), it’s better off reading the whole input first. This problem requires some additional storage to be solved efficiently. Using only one hash map is not enough because of operation of type 3. The idea is to use a hash map to store the frequencies of each element (query type 1 and 2) and also an additional hash map “histogram”, that is an inverse map from frequency to elements having such a frequency. [Read More]

Game of Thrones

Solutions A palindrome string is one which has every char appearing in pairs except, eventually, one in the middle. So we can just count all the occurrences and check if the string has only one (or zero) odd occurrence. A C++ Solution: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 #include <iostream> #include <algorithm> #include <string> using namespace std; int main() { int occ[26] = {}; string s; cin>>s; for (auto i : s) ++occ[i-'a']; const auto odd = count_if(begin(occ), end(occ), [](int i { return i%2! [Read More]


Solutions For each possible character, we can check if it’s present in all rocks. A Python solution by Yuri Valentini. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 import sys from functools import reduce n = int(input().strip()) rock = [] rock_i = 0 for rock_i in range(n): rock_t = str(input().strip()) rock.append(frozenset(rock_t)) inters = reduce((lambda a,b: a & b), rock) print(len(inters)) Another one: 1 print(len(set.intersection(*[set(input()) for _ in range(int(input()))]))) Another one in C#: [Read More]

Happy Ladybugs

Solutions This problem can be solved by considering a few things: if a ladybug’s color is unique in the set, the ladybug will never be happy (the solution is “NO”) if 1) does not occur and if there is at least one empty cell, then the solution is always “YES” since it’s always possible to rearrange the ladybugs in the best position if 2) does not occur then the solution is “YES” only if all the ladybugs are already happy (because they cannot be moved) The first two properties are easy to check by using a frequency table (can be implemented with a map/dictionary or with a statically-sized array, since the number of letters is known - \(|A-Z|\)|). [Read More]

Ice Cream Parlor

Solutions The brute force approach is easy: just run two nested loops and for each value \( x \) find if it exists a value equals to \( target - x \). This solution is quadratic. Efficient solutions are based either on sorting or additional storage (e.g. frequency table, hash maps). A sort-based solution Suppose we sort the prices \( p \) in ascending order. Consider the sum \( p[0] + p[n-1] \) where \( n \) is the number of available prices. [Read More]

Making Anagrams

Solutions Two strings are anagrams of one another if they share the same characters and each character has the same frequency in both strings. Thus, we can easily solve this problem with a frequency table. Basically, we can add 1 for each character in a and subtract 1 for each character in b. Those characters with non-zero frequency must be deleted and then added to the total count. Here is an implementation in C++: [Read More]