Formatted question description: https://leetcode.ca/all/1328.html

1328. Break a Palindrome (Medium)

Given a palindromic string palindrome, replace exactly one character by any lowercase English letter so that the string becomes the lexicographically smallest possible string that isn't a palindrome.

After doing so, return the final string.  If there is no way to do so, return the empty string.

 

Example 1:

Input: palindrome = "abccba"
Output: "aaccba"

Example 2:

Input: palindrome = "a"
Output: ""

 

Constraints:

  • 1 <= palindrome.length <= 1000
  • palindrome consists of only lowercase English letters.

Related Topics:
String

Solution 1.

// OJ: https://leetcode.com/problems/break-a-palindrome/

// Time: O(N)
// Space: O(1)
class Solution {
public:
    string breakPalindrome(string palindrome) {
        int N = palindrome.size(), end = N / 2;
        for (int i = 0; i < end; ++i) {
            if (palindrome[i] != 'a') {
                palindrome[i] = 'a';
                return palindrome;
            }
        }
        if (N > 1) {
            palindrome[N - 1] = 'b';
            return palindrome;
        }
        return "";
    }
};

Java

class Solution {
    public String breakPalindrome(String palindrome) {
        char[] array = palindrome.toCharArray();
        int length = array.length;
        if (length == 1)
            return "";
        int halfMax = length / 2;
        for (int i = 0; i < halfMax; i++) {
            char c = array[i];
            if (c != 'a') {
                array[i] = 'a';
                return new String(array);
            }
        }
        array[length - 1] = 'b';
        return new String(array);
    }
}

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