# C++ solution with different thinking

• ``````class Solution {
public:
int candy(vector<int>& ratings) {
if(ratings.size() == 1) return 1;

int len = ratings.size();
vector<int> candies(len, 1);
int peak=0, valley=0;
int direct = 0; // -1: down; 1: up; 0: parallel
int i;
for(i=0; i<len; i++)
{
if(direct == 1)
{
if(i==len-1 || ratings[i] >= ratings[i+1]) // turn to down/parallel, found 'peak'
{
peak = i;
// from valley forward to peak
for(int x=valley; x<=peak; x++)
candies[x] = candies[x] + (x - valley);

if(i==len-1) continue;
if(ratings[i] > ratings[i+1]) direct = -1;
else direct = 0;
}
}
else if(direct == -1)
{
if(i==len-1 || ratings[i] <= ratings[i+1]) // turn to up/parallel, found 'valley'
{
valley = i;
// from valley back to peak
for(int x=valley; x>=peak; x--)
candies[x] = max(candies[x],(valley-x+1));

if(i==len-1) continue;
if(ratings[i] < ratings[i+1]) direct = 1;
else direct = 0;
}
}
else if(direct == 0)
{
peak = i; valley = i;
if(i==len-1) continue;
if(ratings[i] > ratings[i+1]) direct = -1;
if(ratings[i] < ratings[i+1]) direct = 1;
if(ratings[i] == ratings[i+1]) direct = 0;
}
}
int sum=0;
for(int i=0; i<candies.size(); i++)
sum += candies[i];
return sum;
}
};``````

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