leetcode 202. Happy Number memory usage better than 100% JavaScript

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What the problem is asking for is

  • look at each digit separately
  • square the digit
  • sum all the squares
  • if the sum of the squares will eventually equal 1, its a happy number

To solve this problem you have to know a mathematical trick, else the loop will go on forever. Once n < 10, if n is 1 or 7 the number will be happy. Any other number will cause an infinite loop.

var isHappy = function(n) {
        if(n===1 || n===7){return true}
        return false
    let sum = 0
        let value = n % 10
        sum += value**2
        n -= value
        n /= 10
    if(sum ===1){return true} //I could leave this out...
    return isHappy(sum)

leetcode 118. Pascal’s Triangle memory usage beats 92.69 % of JavaScript submissions.

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While doing this leetcode problem I ended up with a nice position in memory usage for this problem

var generate = function(numRows) {
    //base cases
    if(numRows === 0){return []}
    if(numRows === 1){return [[1]]}
    if(numRows === 2){return [[1],[1,1]]}
    const arr = [[1],[1,1]]
    //we start with counter of 2 because we are now on the subarray in postion 2
    //  remember arrays are 0 based
    let counter = 2
        let row = [1] //fill out the outter left of the triangle
        let innerCounter = 1 //counter for inner loop
        while(innerCounter <= counter-1){
            //push the sum of the values of left and right parent nodes
            // they are not really nodes, but when you look at the provided image
            //  they can be seen as a kind of node
            row.push(arr[counter-1][innerCounter-1] + arr[counter-1][innerCounter])
        row.push(1)  //fill out the outer right of the triangle
        arr.push(row)  //push the subarray onto the main array
    return arr

leetcode : 190. Reverse Bits JavaScript solution

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Here is a simple way to reverse bits in JavaScript. This method uses string manipulation rather than bit manipulation, but it works and may be easier to grasp for someone who does not have a Computer Science background.


This is one of the keys to making the solution work. The input is a base 10 number. When calling toString() on the number we can also apply an optional parameter radix, which is a fancy way of saying “base”, and in this case base 2 aka binary.

var reverseBits = function(n) {
    //convert the number to base2 then stringify, split, and reverse 
    let reversedArray = n.toString(2).split("").reverse()
    //the converted number may not be 32 digits so pad the end 
    while(reversedArray.length <32){ reversedArray.push('0')}
    //join the string, then convert to Integer from base 2
    return  parseInt(reversedArray.join(""),2) 

leetcode : 326. Power of Three

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A small and simple recursive solution to the power of 3 problem.

What the problem is asking for is if the value given is a power of 3. So 9 or 27 would be true because 3*3=9, and 3*3*3=27.

A number who has 3 has one of it’s factors would be false. Example 18, which is 3*3*2 is not a power of three

var isPowerOfThree = function(n) {
    //base case : 3 to the power of 0 is 1
    if(n === 1){return true}
    //Since JS uses floating numbers, eventually when you keep dividing by 3
    //the value of n will either be 3,1, or some floating number less than 3 
    if(n < 3){return false}
    //either we end up with n as 3, or we call our function again 
    return ( n / 3 === 1 || isPowerOfThree(n/3))

leetcode : 198. House Robber

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This is another dynamic programming problem. The way to solve this is to focus only which is greater A) sum of houses robbed until element i or B) the sum of houses robbed up to i-1

The reason we have to make the this decision comes down to the fact that we cannot rob adjacent houses so we have to calculate weather its more profitable to rob the current house or the adjacent houses.

The defaults are the following

  • If there are no houses, return 0
  • If there is only 1 house return the value of house 1
  • If there are 2 houses, return the grater value of house 1 or house 2

after being aware of the above, lets create an array to hold the return value if n were to have equaled i. To rephrase, break the problem size down. Instead of worrying about what happens when the array size is n, lets worry about what would we return if we stopped the array right now.

var rob = function(nums) {
    if(!nums || nums.length === 0){return 0}
    if(nums.length === 1){return nums[0]}
    if(nums.length === 2){return Math.max(nums[0],nums[1])}
    const arr = new Array(nums.length).fill(0)
        arr[i] = Math.max(nums[i] + arr[i-2], arr[i-1])
    return Math.max(arr[arr.length-1],arr[arr.length-2])

If you are having a problem understanding, just walk through the first few steps

If nums is 4,2,8,9,0 this is what we would fill our new array with

  • [0] -> nums[0] -> 4
  • [1] -> the greater of nums[0] or nums[1] -> 4
  • [2] -> the greater of nums[2] + array[0] = 12 or array[1] = 2 -> 12
  • [3] -> the greater of nums[3] + array[1] = 13 or array[2] = 12 -> 13
  • [4] -> the greater of nums[4] + array[2] = 12 or array[3] = 13 -> 13

We return 13

leetcode : 70. Climbing Stairs a bottom up approach using Dynamic Programming

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Dynamic Programming – boils down to solve smaller problems to solve bigger ones. How can I eat a loaf of bread? One slice at a time.

We can solve this with O(n) time and O(1) memory

  • O(n) time because we will calculate each step to n
  • O(1) time because we are using a limited set of variables. We only care about i-1 and i-2 which will help us get each iteration of i
var climbStairs = function(n) {
    let nMinus2=1
    let nMinus1=1
        let current = nMinus1 + nMinus2
        nMinus2 = nMinus1
        nMinus1 = current
    return nMinus1 //we return nMinus1 because it holds the value of i === n 

leetcode : Binary Tree Level Order Traversal

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Solution with comments to describe the process of solving this problem

var levelOrder = function(root) {
    //result will be an array of arrays
    //  each subarray will include all the values of that depth
    //example subarry in position 1, is the 2nd element
    //  it will contain all values of the depth level of 2
    //another example is subarray in position 0, which is the 1st element
    //  it contains all values of depth 1, in this case the root's value
    const result = [] 
    // base case in case we get an empty tree
    if(!root){return result} 
    //just an array we will use as a queue
    //  we will work with elements in a FIFO (first-in-first-out) manner
    //  some places this listed as stack, but thats the wrong term
    //  as a stack is LIFO (last-in-first-out)
    const queue = [] 
    //we push our root onto our queue to get started
    //as long as the queue exists we will go through the loop
    while(queue.length > 0){
        //row will be an array of all values of current depth
        const row = []
        //keeps treack of queue size for this depth
        //  this way we know how many elements to shift out of the queue
        //  and push the values onto row
        let queueSize = queue.length
        //in the loop we take a node, push its child nodes to queue
        //  then we push the value of node onto the row
        while(queueSize > 0){
            const node = queue.shift()
        //once all nodes of a certain depth have been evaluated
        //  we push the array row into result
        //  with its position in result being the depth
    return result

leetcode : Maximum Depth of Binary Tree : Iterative solution

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Here is a iterative solution on the Max Depth of a tree problem. I solved it using recursion, but then tried to solve it using an iterative process. I added comments and some extra variables for readability to make them easier to follow along

var maxDepth = function(root, depth=0) {
    //base case: if we are given an empty or null LinkedList return 0
    if(!root){return 0}
    //construct the array which will hold nodes
    let a = []
    //currently max is 0. As we traverse tree, it will grow
    let max = 0
    //initialize the array by adding a node, and node depth
    //in this case root and 1
    //loop through while array has elements
    while(a.length > 0){
        //I added the following variables for readability so 
        //if you are learning its easier to follow along
        let node = a[0][0]
        let depth = a[0][1]
        //if the node has a left node or right node
        //add the left and right to the array
        //while incrementing the depth, because
        //left or right is 1 deeper then current depth
        //here we update the max if the depth found is greater
        if(a[0][1] > max){max = a[0][1]}
        //we remove the node because we no longer need it
    return max

leetcode : 234. Palindrome Linked List : memory usage beats 98.70 % of javascript submissions

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Another memory success for one of my leetcode solutions

When reading the variables sonic and tails, remember the game, Sonic is always faster than Tails, which is why hes one step ahead.

//isPalindrome      - base function 
//getLength         - helper function
//reverseFromMiddle - helper function

//get Length of Linked List
const getLength = head => {
    let counter = 0
        head =
    return counter

const reverseFromMiddle = (head,middleIndex)=>{
    let middleHead=null
    for(i=1;i<=middleIndex;i++){ //1 because head is already the first node
        head =
    // console.log(`reverseFromMiddle head is ${head.val}`)
    let sonic =
    let tails = head = null
        let temp =tails
        tails=sonic =temp
    // console.log(`sonic is ${sonic}`)
    // console.log("tails is", tails)
    return tails

var isPalindrome = function(head) {
    //if we get an empty node counts as valid palindrome
    if(!head){return true} 
    //get the length of the Linked List
    let length = getLength(head);
    //calculate 1/2 point of node
    let middleIndex = ~~(length/2)
    //from 1/2 point of Linked List 
    // start reversing into a reversed Link List
    let middleHead = reverseFromMiddle(head,middleIndex)
    //compare 2 havles
    while(head && middleHead){
        if(head.val != middleHead.val){return false}
        head =
    return true

runtime beats 55.40 % of javascript submissions

leetcode : Longest Common Prefix : simple JavaScript solution

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This is not the fastest solution’s by far, but I think that it is one of the more simple ones to understand.

var longestCommonPrefix = function(strs) {
    if(!strs[0]){return ""} //empty array case
    let lcp = "" //base case 
    //lcp can never be greater then first string 
    //so we can use it as the max length of our loop
        let c=strs
            .map(s=>s[i])  //get all the i'th index letters 
            //get all the unique letters gathered in map
            .reduce((arr,char)=> arr.includes(char) ? arr : [...arr,char], [])
         if(c.length === 1){lcp += c[0]} //if unique letters == 1, keep looping
        else{break} //else loop is over
    return lcp