Category: Microsoft Interview

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Valid Multiple Parentheses

Objective: Given a string containing just the characters ‘(‘, ‘)’, ‘{‘, ‘}’, ‘[‘ and ‘]’, determine if the input string is valid. Example: ()()([]({}))[] valid: true ()({]) valid: false []{}() valid: true [(}{)] valid: false Earlier we had seen problem Valid...

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Valid Brackets – Part 2 | Stack Method

Objective: Given a string containing just the characters ( , ) determine if the input string is valid. Example: ()()(()(()))() valid: true )()()( valid: false ()()) valid: false Approach: Earlier we discussed the solution which keeps...

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Dijkstra’s – Shortest Path Algorithm (SPT) – Adjacency List and Min Heap – Java Implementation

Earlier we have seen the basics of Dijkstra algorithm. In this article we will see its implementation using adjacency list and Min Heap. We strongly recommend reading the following articles Dijkstra algorithm and how...

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Graph – Find Cycle in Undirected Graph using Disjoint Set (Union-Find)

Objective: Given a graph, check if the graph contains a cycle using disjoint set. Note: Disjoint-set data structure, also called a union–find data structure or merge–find set. Example: Earlier in Detect Cycle in Undirected Graph using DFS we...

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Graph – Detect Cycle in a Directed Graph using colors

Objective: Given a directed graph write an algorithm to find out whether graph contains cycle or not. Example: Approach: Graph contains cycle if there are any back edges. There are two types of back...

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Graph – Detect Cycle in Undirected Graph using DFS

Objective: Given undirected graph write an algorithm to find out whether graph contains cycle or not. Example: Approach: Earlier we have seen how to find cycles in directed graphs. In this article we will...

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Graph – Detect Cycle in a Directed Graph

Objective: Given a directed graph write an algorithm to find out whether graph contains cycle or not. Example: Approach: Graph contains cycle if there are any back edges. There are two types of back...

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Count and print all Subarrays with product less than K in O(n)

Objec­tive:  Given an array of positive integers and integer ‘K’. Write an algorithm to count all the possible sub arrays where product of all the elements in the sub array is less than k. Example:...

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Dynamic Programming – Egg Dropping Problem

Objec­tive:  There are n number of eggs and building which has k floors. Write an algorithm to find the minimum number of drops is required to know the floor from which if egg is dropped,...

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Nuts & Bolts Problem (Lock & Key problem)

Objec­tive:  Given ‘n’ Nuts and ‘n’ Bolts of different sizes. There is one-to-one mapping between nuts and bolts. Write an algorithm to find all matches between nuts and bolts Note: This problem can also be...

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Remove Duplicates from a string

Objective:  Given a string, write an algorithm to remove the duplicate characters in that string. Example: Input: tutorialhorizon Output: tuorialhzn Approaches: There are multiple approaches to solve this problem- Use Sorting – (Will change the...

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Dynamic programming – Minimum Jumps to reach to end

Objective:  Given an array of non negative integers, start from the first element and reach the last by jumping. The jump length can be at most the value at the current position in the array....

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