Formatted question description: https://leetcode.ca/all/1544.html

1544. Make The String Great (Easy)

Given a string s of lower and upper case English letters.

A good string is a string which doesn't have two adjacent characters s[i] and s[i + 1] where:

  • 0 <= i <= s.length - 2
  • s[i] is a lower-case letter and s[i + 1] is the same letter but in upper-case or vice-versa.

To make the string good, you can choose two adjacent characters that make the string bad and remove them. You can keep doing this until the string becomes good.

Return the string after making it good. The answer is guaranteed to be unique under the given constraints.

Notice that an empty string is also good.

 

Example 1:

Input: s = "leEeetcode"
Output: "leetcode"
Explanation: In the first step, either you choose i = 1 or i = 2, both will result "leEeetcode" to be reduced to "leetcode".

Example 2:

Input: s = "abBAcC"
Output: ""
Explanation: We have many possible scenarios, and all lead to the same answer. For example:
"abBAcC" --> "aAcC" --> "cC" --> ""
"abBAcC" --> "abBA" --> "aA" --> ""

Example 3:

Input: s = "s"
Output: "s"

 

Constraints:

  • 1 <= s.length <= 100
  • s contains only lower and upper case English letters.

Related Topics:
String, Stack

Solution 1. Process Simulation

// OJ: https://leetcode.com/problems/make-the-string-great/

// Time: O(N)
// Space: O(1)
class Solution {
public:
    string makeGood(string s) {
        string ans;
        for (char c : s) {
            if (ans.size() && ans.back() != c && toupper(ans.back()) == toupper(c)) ans.pop_back();
            else ans.push_back(c);
        }
        return ans;
    }
};

Java

class Solution {
    public String makeGood(String s) {
        StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer(s);
        for (int i = sb.length() - 1; i >= 0; i--) {
            if (i == sb.length() - 1)
                continue;
            char c1 = sb.charAt(i), c2 = sb.charAt(i + 1);
            if (sameLetterDifferentCase(c1, c2)) {
                sb.deleteCharAt(i + 1);
                sb.deleteCharAt(i);
            }
        }
        return sb.toString();
    }

    public boolean sameLetterDifferentCase(char letter1, char letter2) {
        return Math.abs(letter1 - letter2) == 'a' - 'A';
    }
}

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