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Decode Ways In JavaScript

A message containing letters from A-Z can be encoded into numbers using the following mapping:

'A' -> "1"
'B' -> "2"
...
'Z' -> "26"
To decode an encoded message, all the digits must be grouped then mapped back into letters using the reverse of the mapping above (there may be multiple ways). For example, "11106" can be mapped into:

"AAJF" with the grouping (1 1 10 6)
"KJF" with the grouping (11 10 6)
Note that the grouping (1 11 06) is invalid because "06" cannot be mapped into 'F' since "6" is different from "06".

Given a string s containing only digits, return the number of ways to decode it.

The answer is guaranteed to fit in a 32-bit integer.

Example 1:

Input: s = "12"
Output: 2
Explanation: "12" could be decoded as "AB" (1 2) or "L" (12).

Example 2:

Input: s = "226"
Output: 3
Explanation: "226" could be decoded as "BZ" (2 26), "VF" (22 6), or "BBF" (2 2 6).

Example 3:

Input: s = "0"
Output: 0
Explanation: There is no character that is mapped to a number starting with 0.
The only valid mappings with 0 are 'J' -> "10" and 'T' -> "20", neither of which start with 0.
Hence, there are no valid ways to decode this since all digits need to be mapped.

Example 4:

Input: s = "06"
Output: 0
Explanation: "06" cannot be mapped to "F" because of the leading zero ("6" is different from "06").

Solution


/**
 * @param {string} s
 * @return {number}
 * @time complexity: O(n)
 * @space complexity: O(n)
 */

const numDecodings = (s) => {
  return helper(s);
};

const helper = (s, i = 0, memo = {}) => {
  // Reach the end when checking single digit
  if (i === s.length) {
    return 1;
  }

  // '0' is invalid
  if (s.charAt(i) === '0') {
    return 0;
  }

  // Reach the end when checking two digits
  if (i === s.length - 1) {
    return 1;
  }

  // Return previous stored results
  if (memo[i] !== undefined) {
    return memo[i];
  }

  // Check single digit
  let count = helper(s, i + 1, memo);

  // Check two digits
  if (parseInt(s.substring(i, i + 2)) <= 26) {
    count += helper(s, i + 2, memo);
  }

  // Save the result
  memo[i] = count;

  return count;
};

Test Case


const assert = require('chai').assert;

describe('Decode Ways', () => {

  it('should return 2', () => {
    assert.strictEqual(numDecodings('12'), 2);
  });

  it('should return 3', () => {
    assert.strictEqual(numDecodings('226'), 3);
  });

  it('should return 0', () => {
    assert.strictEqual(numDecodings('0'), 0);
  });

  it('should return 0', () => {
    assert.strictEqual(numDecodings('06'), 0);
  });

});

  Decode Ways
    ✓ should return 2
    ✓ should return 3
    ✓ should return 0
    ✓ should return 0


  4 passing (12ms)


Mike Mai
Mike Mai   Brooklyn, New York
I am full-stack web developer, passionate about building world class web applications. Knowledge in designing, coding, testing, and debugging. I love to solve problems.