Leetcode: Next Greater Element II

Next Greater Element II

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Given a circular array (the next element of the last element is the first element of the array), print the Next Greater Number for every element. The Next Greater Number of a number x is the first greater number to its traversing-order next in the array, which means you could search circularly to find its next greater number. If it doesn’t exist, output -1 for this number.

Example 1:
Input: [1,2,1]
Output: [2,-1,2]
Explanation: The first 1's next greater number is 2; 
The number 2 can't find next greater number; 
The second 1's next greater number needs to search circularly, which is also 2.

Note: The length of given array won’t exceed 10000.

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## Basic Idea: Descending stack
## Complexity: Time O(n), Space O(n)
class Solution(object):
    def nextGreaterElements(self, nums):
        :type nums: List[int]
        :rtype: List[int]
        length = len(nums)
        stack = []
        res = [None]*length
        for i in xrange(length*2):
            i = i % length
            # if current element is bigger, it's the target of previous undecided elements
            while len(stack) != 0 and nums[i] > nums[stack[-1]]:
                k = stack.pop()
                res[k] = nums[i]
            # No need to check if already examined
            if res[i] is None:

        for i in xrange(length):
            if res[i] is None: res[i] = -1
        return res

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