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1881. Maximum Value after Insertion

Level

Medium

Description

You are given a very large integer n, represented as a string, and an integer digit x. The digits in n and the digit x are in the inclusive range [1, 9], and n may represent a negative number.

You want to** maximize n’s numerical value** by inserting x anywhere in the decimal representation of n. You cannot insert x to the left of the negative sign.

  • For example, if n = 73 and x = 6, it would be best to insert it between 7 and 3, making n = 763.
  • If n = -55 and x = 2, it would be best to insert it before the first 5, making n = -255.

Return a string representing the maximum value of n after the insertion.

Example 1:

Input: n = “99”, x = 9

Output: “999”

Explanation: The result is the same regardless of where you insert 9.

Example 2:

Input: n = “-13”, x = 2

Output: “-123”

Explanation: You can make n one of {-213, -123, -132}, and the largest of those three is -123.

Constraints:

  • 1 <= n.length <= 10^5
  • 1 <= x <= 9
  • The digits in n are in the range [1, 9].
  • n is a valid representation of an integer.
  • In the case of a negative n, it will begin with '-'.

Solution

If n is positive, find the leftmost digit in n that is less than x and insert x to the left of the digit. If no such digit is found, insert x at the end of n.

If n is negative, find the leftmost digit in n that is greater than x and insert x to the left of the digit. If no such digit is found, insert x and the end of n.

class Solution {
    public String maxValue(String n, int x) {
        char xChar = (char) (x + '0');
        if (n.charAt(0) != '-')
            return maxValuePositive(n, xChar);
        else
            return maxValueNegative(n, xChar);
    }

    public String maxValuePositive(String n, char x) {
        StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer(n);
        int length = n.length();
        int insertIndex = length;
        for (int i = 0; i < length; i++) {
            if (n.charAt(i) < x) {
                insertIndex = i;
                break;
            }
        }
        sb.insert(insertIndex, x);
        return sb.toString();
    }

    public String maxValueNegative(String n, char x) {
        StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer(n);
        int length = n.length();
        int insertIndex = length;
        for (int i = 1; i < length; i++) {
            if (n.charAt(i) > x) {
                insertIndex = i;
                break;
            }
        }
        sb.insert(insertIndex, x);
        return sb.toString();
    }
}

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