Sliding Window


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Window Sliding Technique

This technique shows how a nested for loop in few problems can be converted to single for loop and hence reducing the time complexity.


public class Solution {
    public List<Integer> slidingWindowTemplateByHarryChaoyangHe(String s, String t) {
        //init a collection or int value to save the result according the question.
        List<Integer> result = new LinkedList<>();
        if(t.length()> s.length()) return result;

        //create a hashmap to save the Characters of the target substring.
        //(K, V) = (Character, Frequence of the Characters)
        Map<Character, Integer> map = new HashMap<>();
        for(char c : t.toCharArray()){
            map.put(c, map.getOrDefault(c, 0) + 1);
        //maintain a counter to check whether match the target string.
        int counter = map.size();//must be the map size, NOT the string size because the char may be duplicate.

        //Two Pointers: begin - left pointer of the window; end - right pointer of the window
        int begin = 0, end = 0;

        //the length of the substring which match the target string.
        int len = Integer.MAX_VALUE; 

        //loop at the begining of the source string
        while(end < s.length()){

            char c = s.charAt(end);//get a character

            if( map.containsKey(c) ){
                map.put(c, map.get(c)-1);// plus or minus one
                if(map.get(c) == 0) counter--;//modify the counter according the requirement(different condition).

            //increase begin pointer to make it invalid/valid again
            while(counter == 0 /* counter condition. different question may have different condition */){

                char tempc = s.charAt(begin);//***be careful here: choose the char at begin pointer, NOT the end pointer
                    map.put(tempc, map.get(tempc) + 1);//plus or minus one
                    if(map.get(tempc) > 0) counter++;//modify the counter according the requirement(different condition).

                /* save / update(min/max) the result if find a target*/
                // result collections or result int value

        return result;

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