DFS + backtracking

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    Time Complexity : O(n ^ k)
    Running Time: beat 75.71%

    vector<vector<int>> combine(int n, int k) {
        vector<int> combo;
        vector<vector<int>> res;
        if ( k <= 0 || n < 1 || n < k) return res;
        DFS(1, n, k, combo, res);
        return res;
    void DFS(int pos, int n, int k, vector<int>& combo, vector<vector<int>>& res) {
        if (combo.size() > k) return;
        if (combo.size() == k) {
        for (int i = pos; i <= n; i++) {
            DFS(i + 1, n, k, combo, res);

    Typical DFS + backtracking.
    lots of people are using DP on this problem. I don't think DP is good for this kind of combinatorial search. I don't see traditional DFS can produce duplicate subproblem, which is key point for DP application.

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