Accepted Python solution using hashtable

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    class Solution:
        # @return a string
        def minWindow(self, S, T):
            indices = {}
            for char in T:
                indices[char] = []
            miss = list(T)
            start = 0
            end = len(S)
            for i in range(len(S)):
                if S[i] in T:
                    if S[i] not in miss and indices[S[i]] != []:
                    elif S[i] in miss:
                if miss == []:
                    maximum = max([x[-1] for x in indices.values()])
                    minimum = min([x[0] for x in indices.values()])
                    if maximum-minimum+1 < end-start+1:
                        start = minimum
                        end = maximum
            if miss != []:
                return ""
                return S[start:end+1]

    Basically I kept a dictionary to record the index of each character of T. Each time I found a window, (when miss == []), I checked the length of this window by subtracting the maximum index and the minimum index of the characters. If this window is the smallest one so far, I record its beginning and ending index as "start" and "end."

  • 0

    Good thoughts. I give your a vote up. Your time complex seems to be len(S)*len(T), but this problem is easily solvable by using a dict for T and miss.

  • 0

    It uses more space but is easier to understand.

  • 1

    You can use deque instead of list. Then use popleft(), which takes O(1) time instead of pop(0)

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