Decode Ways Problem


Description

LeetCode Problem 91.

A message containing letters from A-Z can be encoded into numbers using the following mapping:

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'A' -> "1"
'B' -> "2"
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'Z' -> "26"

To decode an encoded message, all the digits must be grouped then mapped back into letters using the reverse of the mapping above (there may be multiple ways). For example, “11106” can be mapped into:

  • “AAJF” with the grouping (1 1 10 6)
  • “KJF” with the grouping (11 10 6) Note that the grouping (1 11 06) is invalid because “06” cannot be mapped into ‘F’ since “6” is different from “06”.

Given a string s containing only digits, return the number of ways to decode it.

The answer is guaranteed to fit in a 32-bit integer.

Example 1:

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Input: s = "12"
Output: 2
Explanation: "12" could be decoded as "AB" (1 2) or "L" (12).

Example 2:

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Input: s = "226"
Output: 3
Explanation: "226" could be decoded as "BZ" (2 26), "VF" (22 6), or "BBF" (2 2 6).

Example 3:

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Input: s = "0"
Output: 0
Explanation: There is no character that is mapped to a number starting with 0.
The only valid mappings with 0 are 'J' -> "10" and 'T' -> "20", neither of which start with 0.
Hence, there are no valid ways to decode this since all digits need to be mapped.

Example 4:

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Input: s = "06"
Output: 0
Explanation: "06" cannot be mapped to "F" because of the leading zero ("6" is different from "06").

Constraints:

  • 1 <= s.length <= 100
  • s contains only digits and may contain leading zero(s).


Sample C++ Code

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int numDecodings(string s) {
    if (!s.size() || s.front() == '0') return 0;
    // r2: decode ways of s[i-2] , r1: decode ways of s[i-1] 
    int r1 = 1, r2 = 1;
    
    for (int i = 1; i < s.size(); i++) {
        // zero voids ways of the last because zero cannot be used separately
        if (s[i] == '0') r1 = 0;

        // possible two-digit letter, so new r1 is sum of both while new r2 is the old r1
        if (s[i - 1] == '1' || s[i - 1] == '2' && s[i] <= '6') {
            r1 = r2 + r1;
            r2 = r1 - r2;
        }

        // one-digit letter, no new way added
        else {
            r2 = r1;
        }
    }

    return r1;
}




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