# It was so weird to get time limit exceeded with one code and wasn't with "same" another code.

• The problem is when I deal it with "k>=prices.length/2" case ,if I just use if(k>=prices.length/2) k = prices.length/2, it got time limit exceeded and if use code inside the comment, it didn't. I know it's more efficient to use the latter one. But the weird thing is I got time limit exceeded on a test case in which the k<prices.length/2 !!! Then these 2 kind of solutions were supposed to have the same performance on this test case while in fact one got AC and another got time limit exceeded. Could anyone tell me why???

``````public class Solution {
public int maxProfit(int k, int[] prices) {
if(prices.length<2) return 0;
/*if(k>=prices.length/2){
int ans = 0;
for (int i=1; i<prices.length; ++i){
ans += Math.max(prices[i] - prices[i-1],0);
}
return ans;
}*/
if(k>=prices.length/2) k = prices.length/2;
int[] hold = new int[k+1]; //just for easy to express.
int[] release = new int[k+1];
for(int i=0;i<=k;i++) hold[i] = Integer.MIN_VALUE;
for(int i:prices){                              // Assume we only have 0 money at first
for(int j=k;j>=1;j--){
release[j] = Math.max(release[j], hold[j]+i);     // The maximum if we've just sold jth stock so far.
hold[j]    = Math.max(hold[j],    release[j-1]-i);  // The maximum if we've just buy  jth stock so far.
//hold[1] corner case resolved by release[0] == 0;
}
}
return release[k]; ///Since release1 is initiated as 0, so release2 will always higher than release1.
}
}
``````

The test case was as below, in which there are 1,000 entries and k = 100.

``100, [70,4,83,56,94,72,78,43,2,86,65,100,94,56,41,66,3,33,10,3,45,94,15,12,78,60,58,0,58,15,21,7,11,41,12,96,83,77,47,62,27,19,40,63,30,4,77,52,17,57,21,66,63,29,51,40,37,6,44,42,92,16,64,33,31,51,36,0,29,95,92,35,66,91,19,21,100,95,40,61,15,83,31,55,59,84,21,99,45,64,90,25,40,6,41,5,25,52,59,61,51,37,92,90,20,20,96,66,79,28,83,60,91,30,52,55,1,99,8,68,14,84,59,5,34,93,25,10,93,21,35,66,88,20,97,25,63,80,20,86,33,53,43,86,53,55,61,77,9,2,56,78,43,19,68,69,49,1,6,5,82,46,24,33,85,24,56,51,45,100,94,26,15,33,35,59,25,65,32,26,93,73,0,40,92,56,76,18,2,45,64,66,64,39,77,1,55,90,10,27,85,40,95,78,39,40,62,30,12,57,84,95,86,57,41,52,77,17,9,15,33,17,68,63,59,40,5,63,30,86,57,5,55,47,0,92,95,100,25,79,84,93,83,93,18,20,32,63,65,56,68,7,31,100,88,93,11,43,20,13,54,34,29,90,50,24,13,44,89,57,65,95,58,32,67,38,2,41,4,63,56,88,39,57,10,1,97,98,25,45,96,35,22,0,37,74,98,14,37,77,54,40,17,9,28,83,13,92,3,8,60,52,64,8,87,77,96,70,61,3,96,83,56,5,99,81,94,3,38,91,55,83,15,30,39,54,79,55,86,85,32,27,20,74,91,99,100,46,69,77,34,97,0,50,51,21,12,3,84,84,48,69,94,28,64,36,70,34,70,11,89,58,6,90,86,4,97,63,10,37,48,68,30,29,53,4,91,7,56,63,22,93,69,93,1,85,11,20,41,36,66,67,57,76,85,37,80,99,63,23,71,11,73,41,48,54,61,49,91,97,60,38,99,8,17,2,5,56,3,69,90,62,75,76,55,71,83,34,2,36,56,40,15,62,39,78,7,37,58,22,64,59,80,16,2,34,83,43,40,39,38,35,89,72,56,77,78,14,45,0,57,32,82,93,96,3,51,27,36,38,1,19,66,98,93,91,18,95,93,39,12,40,73,100,17,72,93,25,35,45,91,78,13,97,56,40,69,86,69,99,4,36,36,82,35,52,12,46,74,57,65,91,51,41,42,17,78,49,75,9,23,65,44,47,93,84,70,19,22,57,27,84,57,85,2,61,17,90,34,49,74,64,46,61,0,28,57,78,75,31,27,24,10,93,34,19,75,53,17,26,2,41,89,79,37,14,93,55,74,11,77,60,61,2,68,0,15,12,47,12,48,57,73,17,18,11,83,38,5,36,53,94,40,48,81,53,32,53,12,21,90,100,32,29,94,92,83,80,36,73,59,61,43,100,36,71,89,9,24,56,7,48,34,58,0,43,34,18,1,29,97,70,92,88,0,48,51,53,0,50,21,91,23,34,49,19,17,9,23,43,87,72,39,17,17,97,14,29,4,10,84,10,33,100,86,43,20,22,58,90,70,48,23,75,4,66,97,95,1,80,24,43,97,15,38,53,55,86,63,40,7,26,60,95,12,98,15,95,71,86,46,33,68,32,86,89,18,88,97,32,42,5,57,13,1,23,34,37,13,65,13,47,55,85,37,57,14,89,94,57,13,6,98,47,52,51,19,99,42,1,19,74,60,8,48,28,65,6,12,57,49,27,95,1,2,10,25,49,68,57,32,99,24,19,25,32,89,88,73,96,57,14,65,34,8,82,9,94,91,19,53,61,70,54,4,66,26,8,63,62,9,20,42,17,52,97,51,53,19,48,76,40,80,6,1,89,52,70,38,95,62,24,88,64,42,61,6,50,91,87,69,13,58,43,98,19,94,65,56,72,20,72,92,85,58,46,67,2,23,88,58,25,88,18,92,46,15,18,37,9,90,2,38,0,16,86,44,69,71,70,30,38,17,69,69,80,73,79,56,17,95,12,37,43,5,5,6,42,16,44,22,62,37,86,8,51,73,46,44,15,98,54,22,47,28,11,75,52,49,38,84,55,3,69,100,54,66,6,23,98,22,99,21,74,75,33,67,8,80,90,23,46,93,69,85,46,87,76,93,38,77,37,72,35,3,82,11,67,46,53,29,60,33,12,62,23,27,72,35,63,68,14,35,27,98,94,65,3,13,48,83,27,84,86,49,31,63,40,12,34,79,61,47,29,33,52,100,85,38,24,1,16,62,89,36,74,9,49,62,89]``

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