Java easy to understand code with only two passes. Beats 87.77%

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    Most of other solutions use a bucket to store the last occurrence of a digit and do a comparison for each digit. However, that is not efficient for case like "1000000"

    The idea is straightforward, as we can simply scan the digits backward and record the position of the largest digit when it first appears.

    Next time we scan the digits from left to right and find the first digit that is less than max to do the swap.

    class Solution {
        public int maximumSwap(int num) {
            char[] digits = String.valueOf(num).toCharArray();
            int[] maxIdx = new int[digits.length];
            int maxPos = digits.length - 1;
            maxIdx[maxPos] = maxPos;
            for (int i = digits.length - 2; i >= 0; i--) {
                if (digits[i] > digits[maxPos]) {
                    maxPos = i;
                maxIdx[i] = maxPos;
            for (int i = 0; i < digits.length; i++) {
                if (digits[i] != digits[maxIdx[i]]) {
                    char tmp = digits[i];
                    digits[i] = digits[maxIdx[i]];
                    digits[maxIdx[i]] = tmp;
                    return Integer.parseInt(String.valueOf(digits));
            return num;

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