8 ms c++ using accumulation sum

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    class Solution {
        int canCompleteCircuit(vector<int>& gas, vector<int>& cost) {
            if(gas.empty()) return -1;
            int min=gas[0]-cost[0],sum=gas[0]-cost[0],index=0;
            /*compute the accumulation sum of gas[i]-cost[i], when it takes minimum, the starting point should be the next station*/
            for(int i=1;i<gas.size();i++){
                sum += gas[i]-cost[i];
                    min = sum;
                    index = i;
            if(sum<0) return -1;
            else return (index+1)%gas.size();

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    @PKUGoodSpeed Please could you explain how/why this solution works (and is correct)? I'm surprised that you're not having to go through the elements twice in the worst case. i.e. The solution I implemented basically operates on the gas and cost arrays which have 2n elements each, but you don't seem to be doing that. An explanation would be great!

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