## Algorithm Interview Questions

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AnswersWrite a function that receives string with decimal number (i.e. all characters are decimal digits) and prints the sum of all possible substring-numbers, example:

- leonid.ge May 04, 2018 in UK

sum(“123”) = 123 + 12 + 23 + 1 + 2 + 3 = 167| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Credit Suisse Software Developer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersGiven N number of Strings, generate all combination of these String's characters, these Strings must be N long, and must contain only one number of char from each string.

- sapadt May 04, 2018

example: "abc", "def", "ghi" --> adg, adh, adi, aeg ... cfg| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Morgan Stanley Software Developer Algorithm - 1of 1 vote

AnswersAssume courses labeled by their index in an array. Given a list of pairs where the first element represents a prerequisite course required for the second course, derive an ordered list of courses.

- vmayer99 April 30, 2018 in United States| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Software Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersFor a given set of non-negative integers get the number of subsets that add up to a target value k.

- vmayer99 April 30, 2018 in United States| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Linkedin Software Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersWrite a function to compute n^k. (don't forget negative exponents)

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Linkedin Software Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersImagine a horizontal corridor bounded by y = y1 and y = y2 lines on a 2D-plane. There are N sensors with centers (x, y) each of which operates in a range (r) on the plane . So, they cover some circular areas on the plane. See the figure below.

`o | _____o___o__|____________ y = y1 o |OOO __________oo|_____O______ y = y2 O | O _ _ _ _ _ _ | _ _ _ _ _ _ | o O | o O O | | O | |`

The question is whether a path exist from x=-inf to x=+inf via corridor without being detected any radar.

Constraints:

1. You are free to move any direction only if you stay in the corridor.

2. You are free to go through corridor borders.

3. N sensors are given as list of (x, y, r) like [(1, 3, 2), (-1, -3, 4)]. x and y are signed integers. r is a unsigned integer.

4. y1 and y2 are integers.

My solution:

1. Create an intersection graph of N sensors by comparing them each other via Euclidean distance`(x1 - x2)^2 + (y1 - y2)^2 <= (r1 + r2)^2`

2. If there is a path between y=y1 and y=y2 through intersected sensors, there do not exist any path from x=-inf to x=+inf. Otherwise, there do exist a path. So, I used BFS to search such a path.

Worst Case Complexity:

1. O(n^2)

2. O(V + E) = O(n + intersection_count)`Total: O(n^2)`

My Best Case Optimization for Intersection Graph:

- engineer06 April 29, 2018 in United States

1. For each sensor, create two events for start and end of circles vertically. y = (y1 - r) and y = (y1 + r)

2. For each sensor, register those two events into an array.

3. Use a line sweep algorithm over 2, which is O(nlogn + intersection_count) and intersection_count may be n^2 at worst case.

I wonder if I should have had a better solution with the worst case < O(n^2).| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Amazon SDE-2 Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersYou are given the length and time of occurrence of packet and Queues which process packets. Total processing time for a packet is equal to the length of packet plus the waiting time in queue. For eg lets say we have only one queue for now, and A packet of length 5 comes at t = 1, and another packet of length 4 comes at t = 3. Total processing time for first packet is 5( no waiting time as queue is empty at t = 1) and at t = 3, 2 units of first packet is processed and 3 units remaining so, for second packet 3 units will be waiting time in queue plus 4 units for its length. Total processing time for 2nd packet is 7 units. If there are multiple queues you can add new packet in any of the other queues. Given the time and length of all incoming packets, we need to find the minimum no. of queues required such that total processing time of each packet is less than 10 units. Maximum possible no. of queues are 5. If you require more than 5 queues print -1.

Test Cases Format: First Line contains the number N, the total no. of packets and N following line contains two numbers ti, li where li is length of packet coming at time = ti units.

Test case1:

2

2 7

5 8

Test Case 2:

3

1 3

2 3

3 5

Test Case 3:

3

1 5

2 4

3 8

Output:

Case1: 2

Case2: 1

Case3: 2

Consider the following time table of incoming packets:`time packets-length 1 8 2 5 3 2 4 6`

If you put the packet in queue with minimum time then this will lead to 3 queues:

- ak4017 April 25, 2018 in United States

t = 1:

q1: 8

t = 2:

q1: 7

q2: 5

t = 3:

q1: 6

q2: 4, 2

t = 4:

q1: 5

q2: 3, 2

q3: 6

But its output should be 2 queues:

1) 8 in queue 1

2) 5 in queue 2

3) 2 in queue 1

4) 6 in queue 2| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Samsung Software Developer Algorithm - 6of 6 votes

AnswersFB On-site March

- aonecoding April 21, 2018 in United States

Q: Find number of Islands.

XXXOO

OOOXX

XXOOX

Return 3 islands.

1 1 1OO

OOO2 2

3 3OO 2

Followup: If the board is too big to fit in memory, how to get the number?| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Facebook Software Engineer Algorithm - 1of 1 vote

AnswerGiven list of schedules for different flights in a month, determine maximum number of flights that can be in the air anytime in that month.

- sanjureddy.v April 14, 2018 in United States

Input : list of schedules for flights.- spread over a month.

output: a number - maximum flights that can be in the air

Assumptions: 1. All the given times are in a specific timezone( like GMT).

2. Given Schedules can be any time in the month| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Google SDE1 Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswerGiven a list of N threads detect a deadlock in the system.

- jddjjd007 April 12, 2018 in United States| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Google Algorithm - -1of 1 vote

AnswersA sample state of ‘a’:

- prasad.hybris April 03, 2018 in United States

[[2, NULL, 2, NULL],

[2, NULL, 2, NULL],

[NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL],

[NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL]]

FUNCTION foo()

FOR y = 0 to 3

FOR x = 0 to 3

IF a[x+1][y] != NULL

IF a[x+1][y] = a[x][y]:

a[x][y] := a[x][y]*2

a[x+1][y] := NULL

END IF

IF a[x][y] = NULL

a[x][y] := a[x+1][y]

a[x+1][y] := NULL

END IF

END IF

END FOR

END FOR

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Google Cloud Support Associate Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersYou have a 2 Dimensional Array.

- Rahul Vats March 30, 2018 in United States

1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 9

Write code to generate all the 7 character strings without any duplicates starting from 4. You can move one block at a time and you can move either horizontally and diagonally. So for example, valid moves from 4 are 4 -> 1 and 4 -> 7. You can visit any node any number of times. so 4141414 is a valid string.| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Algorithm - 1of 1 vote

AnswersGiven a string as input, return the list of all the patterns possible:

`'1' : ['A', 'B', 'C'], '2' : ['D', 'E'], '12' : ['X'] '3' : ['P', 'Q']`

Example if input is '123', then output should be [ADP, ADQ, AEP, AEQ, BDP, BDQ, BEP, BEQ, CDP, CDQ, CEP, CEQ, XP, XQ]

- ngupta32@hawk.iit.edu March 30, 2018 in United States| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Facebook Software Engineer Algorithm Coding Data Structures - 0of 0 votes

AnswersLanguage : Java

- sarunreddy82 March 28, 2018 in United States

Given a binary tree, print boundary nodes of the binary tree counter-clockwise starting from the root.

For example, boundary traversal of the following tree is “20 8 4 10 14 25 22”

20

8 22

4 12 25

10 14| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

xyz Algorithm - -2of 2 votes

AnswersQuestion 2: Given a number 'k', return the corresponding row, given the pattern:

- mche1987 March 27, 2018 in United States

k => output

0 => []

1 => ["0", "1", "8"]

2 => ["00", "11", "69", "96", "88"]

3 => ["000", "111", "101", "888", ...] // and so on ...| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Facebook SDE1 Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersQuestion 1: Given an input of an array of string, verify if, turned 180 degrees, it is the "same".

- mche1987 March 27, 2018 in United States

For instance:

[1, 6, 0, 9, 1] => return true

[1, 7, 1] => return false| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Facebook SDE1 Algorithm - 2of 2 votes

AnswersDropbox

- aonecoding March 21, 2018 in United States

Grid Illumination: Given an NxN grid with an array of lamp coordinates.

Each lamp provides illumination to every square on their x axis,

every square on their y axis, and every square that lies in their diagonal

(think of a Queen in chess).

Given an array of query coordinates,

determine whether that point is illuminated or not. The catch is when checking a query all lamps adjacent to, or on,…| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Dropbox Software Engineer Algorithm - 2of 2 votes

AnswersMarch 2018 Phone Interview FB

- aonecoding March 17, 2018 in United States

Calculate a moving average that considers the last N values.

Circular Queue (Interviewer didn't agree with the linked list queue that I suggested at first. Said the pointers took space)| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Facebook Software Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswerGiven two positive integers represented as linked lists, provide the sum of the numbers as a linked list.

- anonymous March 14, 2018 in United States`1->2->3 4->5->6 ----------- 5->7->9 1->2->3 4->5 ----------- 1->6->8 4->5->6 7->8->9 ----------- 1->2->4->5`

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Bloomberg LP Senior Software Development Engineer Algorithm - 1of 1 vote

AnswersA bus has to travel from A to B and the distance is d miles. There are many gas stations between A and B.

- akira March 12, 2018 in United States

The bus has initially g gallon of gas in tank. 1 gallon of gas travels 1 mile.

Gas stations have inforamtion of remaining distance from station to destination b and max gas that can be filled from the station.

Find the minimum number of stops for bus without running out of gas ever.

eg: gas = 10 , distance = 20

gasStation[] = {{16,3}, {10, 7}, {14, 11},{11, 5}, {7, 6}}

o/p = 1

If bus stops at the stop{14,11} that is 14 miles away from destination and fills 11 gallon then it can reach destination with 1 gallon spare.

It can also stop as {16,3} and {10,7} but its 2 stops and at destination it runs out of gas.

Similarly {11, 5}, {7, 6} has 2 stops but has 1 gallon spare at destination.| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Microsoft Algorithm - 4of 4 votes

AnswersFeb On-site Google

- aonecoding March 10, 2018 in United States

DP Problem. Given the length and width of a matrix, get the number of paths from bottom-left to bottom right.

You may only walk into those 3 directions ➡ (right) ↗ (upper-right) ↘ (lower-right) at each point.

Follow-up: optimize 2d DP to 1d DP of linear extra space.

Follow-up: what if some cells are blocked

System Design

Availability test/debug on distributed system. Discussed and drafted about failover, replication, NoSQL etc.

Interviewer seemed to be expecting more but time ran out.| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Google Software Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersGiven a biased coin whose probability for Heads is 0.67 and Tails is 0.33, write an algorithm which will print the Heads and Tails with this probability.

- akisonlyforu March 08, 2018 in United States| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersAisles contain products. Product is only going to be in one Aisle.

- plasmalightwave March 04, 2018 in United States

Product{

AisleID: string

ProductID: string

Price: float

}

Given Array<Product>, find the N highest price combinations. Combination is 1 product from each aisle. You can choose only one instance of each product.

So if you had two aisles

1: {$5,$4,$2}

and

2: {$6,$1)

And they asked for the 2 highest combos you would give $6,$5 and $6,$4| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Amazon SDE-2 Algorithm - 0of 2 votes

AnswersWe have two sequences A and B consisting of integers, both of length N, and you would like them to be (strictly) increasing, i.e. for each K (0 ≤ K < N − 1), A[K] < A[K + 1] and B[K] < B[K + 1]. Thus, you need to modify the sequences, but the only manipulation you can perform is to swap an arbitrary element in sequence A with the corresponding element in sequence B. That is, both elements to be exchanged must occupy the same index position within each sequence.

- koustav.adorable March 03, 2018 in United States

For example, given A = [5, 3, 7, 7, 10] and B = [1, 6, 6, 9, 9], you can swap elements at positions 1 and 3, obtaining A = [5, 6, 7, 9, 10], B = [1, 3, 6, 7, 9].

Your goal is make both sequences increasing, using the smallest number of swaps.

Write a function:

public int minswaps(int[] A, int[] B);

that, given two zero-indexed arrays A, B of length N, containing integers, returns the minimum number of swapping operations required to make the given arrays increasing. If it is impossible to achieve the goal, return −1.

For example, given:

A[0] = 5 B[0] = 1

A[1] = 3 B[1] = 6

A[2] = 7 B[2] = 6

A[3] = 7 B[3] = 9

A[4] = 10 B[4] = 9

your function should return 2, as explained above.

Given:

A[0] = 5 B[0] = 2

A[1] = -3 B[1] = 6

A[2] = 6 B[2] = -5

A[3] = 4 B[3] = 1

A[4] = 8 B[4] = 0

your function should return −1, since you cannot perform operations that would make the sequences become increasing.

Given:

A[0] = 1 B[0] = -2

A[1] = 5 B[1] = 0

A[2] = 6 B[2] = 2

your function should return 0, since the sequences are already increasing.

Assume that:

N is an integer within the range [2..100,000];

each element of arrays A, B is an integer within the range [−1,000,000,000..1,000,000,000];

A and B have equal lengths.

Complexity O(N)| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Amazon Data Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersA and B are playing a perfect 8-9 game. The rules are pretty simple. At each point, you can either insert an 8 at the end of the previous number or a 9. one 8 and one 9 forms a pair. a 9 can only be inserted if there is an 8 which does not form a pair. Perfect solution is the one which has all its numbers in pair. Find out all the possible perfect outcomes of the game in lexicographic order.

- valencia.lucky February 26, 2018 in India

Input-

Input 1: Max length of number

Output-

Your array must return an array of string s containing all possible outcomes.

Example 1:

Input: 4

Output: {"8899", "8989"}

Explanation: There can be only 2 possible outcomes out of 4 as nine must follow eight.

Example 2:

Input: 6

Output:{"888999","889899","889989","898899","898989"}

Explanation: The possible outcomes are 5.| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Wipro Technologies Senior Software Development Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersAssume there is no software like google maps. you are given a map of world. Suppose you are somewhere in the hyderabad.

- syam February 17, 2018 in India

You will have to figure out all the paths from your location to Hyderabad airport.

I have given DFS approach. But the problem is that by doing DFS, a path can cross boundaries of Hyderabad and go so long away from Hyderabad

airport. DFS will take some much time. How to solve this problem?| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Accolite software Software Analyst Algorithm - 3of 3 votes

AnswersConvert a string with digits into a literal representation of the number like: 1001 to one thousand one

- aonecoding February 15, 2018 in United States| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Uber Software Engineer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

Answers

- getPDat February 14, 2018 in United States`We encode a string, s, by performing the following sequence of actions: Replace each character with its ASCII value representation. Reverse the string. For example, the table below shows the conversion from the string "Go VMWare" to the ASCII string "711113286778797114101": // Character G o V M W a r e // ASCII Value 71 111 32 86 77 87 97 114 101 // // We then reverse the ASCII string to get the encoded string 101411797877682311117. // // For reference, the characters in s are ASCII characters within the range 10 - 126 which include special characters. // // Complete the decode function in the editor below. It has one parameter: // encoded - A reversed ASCII string denoting an encoded string s. // // The function must decode the encoded string and return the list of ways in which s can be decoded. static Collection<String> decode(String encoded) { }`

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VMWare Inc Staff Engineer Algorithm - 2of 2 votes

AnswersGiven the list of the numbers. In this list, there are the numbers from the Fibonacci sequence.

- denis.zayats February 13, 2018 in Switzerland

Write the algorithm that retrieves all the numbers which belong to the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

MobiCastle Software Engineer Algorithm - 1of 1 vote

AnswersWrite a function that takes two numbers as strings and returns the result as a string:

- NA February 12, 2018 in UK

mul(l string, r string) : string

Assume the numbers might be too large to be parsed into a variable of any numeric type the language has.| Report Duplicate | Flag | PURGE

Google Software Engineer Algorithm

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