Leetcode: Unique Morse Code Words

Unique Morse Code Words

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International Morse Code defines a standard encoding where each letter is mapped to a series of dots and dashes, as follows: “a” maps to “.-“, “b” maps to “-…”, “c” maps to “-.-.”, and so on.

For convenience, the full table for the 26 letters of the English alphabet is given below:


Now, given a list of words, each word can be written as a concatenation of the Morse code of each letter. For example, “cab” can be written as “-.-.-….-“, (which is the concatenation “-.-.” + “-…” + “.-“). We’ll call such a concatenation, the transformation of a word.

Return the number of different transformations among all words we have.


Input: words = ["gin", "zen", "gig", "msg"]
Output: 2
The transformation of each word is:
"gin" -> "--...-."
"zen" -> "--...-."
"gig" -> "--...--."
"msg" -> "--...--."

There are 2 different transformations, “–…-.” and “–…–.”.


  • The length of words will be at most 100.
  • Each words[i] will have length in range [1, 12].
  • words[i] will only consist of lowercase letters.

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## Blog link: https://code.dennyzhang.com/unique-morse-code-words
## Basic Ideas: Hashmap
## Complexity: Time O(n), Space O(n)
class Solution:
    def uniqueMorseRepresentations(self, words):
        :type words: List[str]
        :rtype: int
        l = [".-","-...","-.-.","-..",".","..-.","--.","....","..",".---","-.-",".-..","--","-.","---",".--.","--.-",".-.","...","-","..-","...-",".--","-..-","-.--","--.."]
        morseWords = set([])
        for word in words:
            item = ''
            for ch in word:
                item += l[ord(ch)-ord('a')]
        return len(morseWords)

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