# My Concise JAVA Solution

• ``````public String getHint(String secret, String guess) {
int a=0,b=0;
int[] digits=new int[10];
for(int i=0;i<secret.length();i++){
if(secret.charAt(i)==guess.charAt(i)) a++;
else{
if(++digits[secret.charAt(i)-'0']<=0) b++;
if(--digits[guess.charAt(i)-'0']>=0) b++;
}
}
return a+"A"+b+"B";
}``````

• i just don't understand the meaning of
if(++digits[secret.charAt(i)-'0']<=0) b++;
if(--digits[guess.charAt(i)-'0']>=0) b++;

• int b is the count of 'cow' events. The int[] digits stores the frequency of each digit (from 0 to 9) in secret and guess.
++digits[n] means digit n is found in secret. If digits[n] was 0, now it becomes 1 denoting that n has shown up once in secret,
while --digits[n] means n is found in guess.
Digits[n] being smaller than 0 means n has shown up in guess before. Therefore when we find n in secret and do ++digits[n], having ++digits[n]<=0 means n was somewhere in the guess before. It is confirmed a 'cow'.
Vice versa, --digits[n] >=0 means n is found in guess AND n has shown up in secret before, which makes a 'cow'.

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