Candy

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There are N children standing in a line. Each child is assigned a rating value.

You are giving candies to these children subjected to the following requirements:

Each child must have at least one candy.

Children with a higher rating get more candies than their neighbors.

What is the minimum candies you must give?

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## Blog link: https://code.dennyzhang.com/candy ## Basic Ideas: ## ## Assign each child 1 candy ## From left to right, if the latter one has a bigger value, change the latter value ## From right to left, if the former one has a bigger value, change the former value ## Collect the result ## ## Assumption: if the same rating, they don't have to get the same amount of candies ## Complexity: Time O(n), Space O(n) class Solution: def candy(self, ratings): """ :type ratings: List[int] :rtype: int """ length = len(ratings) l = [1] * length for i in range(length-1): if ratings[i+1] > ratings[i]: l[i+1] = l[i]+1 for i in range(length-1, 0, -1): if ratings[i-1] > ratings[i] and l[i-1]<=l[i]: l[i-1] = l[i]+1 return sum(l)

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