Find all the patterns of “1(0+)1” in a given string | SET 1(General Approach)


A string contains patterns of the form 1(0+)1 where (0+) represents any non-empty consecutive sequence of 0’s. Count all such patterns. The patterns are allowed to overlap.

Note : It contains digits and lowercase characters only. The string is not necessarily a binary. 100201 is not a valid pattern.
One approach to solve the problem is discussed here, other using Regular expressions is given in Set 2

Input : 1101001
Output : 2

Input : 100001abc101
Output : 2

Let size of input string be n.
1. Iterate through index ‘0’ to ‘n-1’.
2. If we encounter a ‘1’, we iterate till the elements are ‘0’.
3. After the stream of zeros ends, we check whether we encounter a ‘1’ or not.
4. Keep on doing this till we reach the end of string.

Below is the C++ implementation of the above method.

/* Code to count 1(0+)1 patterns in a string */
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;

/* Function to count patterns */
int patternCount(string str)
    /* Variable to store the last character*/
    char last = str[0];

    int i = 1, counter = 0;
    while (i < str.size())
        /* We found 0 and last character was '1',
          state change*/
        if (str[i] == '0' && last == '1')
            while (str[i] == '0')

            /* After the stream of 0's, we got a '1',
               counter incremented*/
            if (str[i] == '1')

        /* Last character stored */
        last = str[i];

    return counter;

/* Driver Code */
int main()
    string str = "1001ab010abc01001";
    cout << patternCount(str) << endl;
    return 0;



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