# Count of Substrings that can be formed without using the given list of Characters

• Last Updated : 03 Jun, 2021

Given a string str and a list of characters L, the task is to count the total numbers of substrings of the string str without using characters given in the list L.

Examples:

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Input: str = “abcd”, L[] = {‘a’, ‘b’, ‘t’, ‘q’}
Output:
Explanation:
On ignoring the characters ‘a’ and ‘b’ from the given string, substring “cd” is left.
Therefore, the total number of substrings formed by “cd” by:
(2 * (2 + 1)) / 2 = 3

Input: str = “abcpxyz”, L[] = {‘a’, ‘p’, ‘q’}
Output:
Explanation:
On ignoring the characters ‘a’ and ‘p’ from the given string, substrings “bc” and “xyz” are left.
Therefore, the total number of substrings formed by the substrings is:
(2*(2+1))/2 + (3*(3+1))/2 = 3 + 6 = 9

Approach: The total number of substrings for a given string of length N is given by the formula

`(N * (N + 1)) / 2`

The idea is to use the above formula and follow the below steps to compute the answer:

1. Traverse the string str character by character.
2. Count the number of characters on which a character from list L is not found. Let the count be N
3. Once a character from L is encountered, compute (N * (N + 1) / 2) and add it to the answer and reset the count N to zero.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ implementation of the above approach``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to find the Number of sub-strings``// without using given character``int` `countSubstring(string& S, ``char` `L[], ``int``& n)``{``    ``int` `freq = { 0 }, ans = 0;` `    ``// Mark the given characters in``    ``// the freq array``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++) {``        ``freq[(``int``)(L[i] - ``'a'``)] = 1;``    ``}` `    ``// Count variable to store the count``    ``// of the characters until a character``    ``// from given L is encountered``    ``int` `count = 0;` `    ``for` `(``auto` `x : S) {` `        ``// If a character from L is encountered,``        ``// then the answer variable is incremented by``        ``// the value obtained by using``        ``// the mentioned formula and count is set to 0``        ``if` `(freq[(``int``)(x - ``'a'``)]) {``            ``ans += (count * count + count) / 2;``            ``count = 0;``        ``}``        ``else``            ``count++;``    ``}` `    ``// For last remaining characters``    ``ans += (count * count + count) / 2;` `    ``return` `ans;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{` `    ``string S = ``"abcpxyz"``;``    ``char` `L[] = { ``'a'``, ``'p'``, ``'q'` `};``    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(L) / ``sizeof``(L);` `    ``cout << countSubstring(S, L, n);` `    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java implementation of the above approach``import` `java.util.*;` `class` `GFG``{` `// Function to find the Number of sub-Strings``// without using given character``static` `int` `countSubString(``char` `[]S, ``char` `L[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``int` `[]freq = ``new` `int``[``26``];``    ``int` `ans = ``0``;` `    ``// Mark the given characters in``    ``// the freq array``    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n; i++)``    ``{``        ``freq[(``int``)(L[i] - ``'a'``)] = ``1``;``    ``}` `    ``// Count variable to store the count``    ``// of the characters until a character``    ``// from given L is encountered``    ``int` `count = ``0``;` `    ``for` `(``int` `x : S)``    ``{` `        ``// If a character from L is encountered,``        ``// then the answer variable is incremented by``        ``// the value obtained by using``        ``// the mentioned formula and count is set to 0``        ``if` `(freq[(``int``)(x - ``'a'``)] > ``0``)``        ``{``            ``ans += (count * count + count) / ``2``;``            ``count = ``0``;``        ``}``        ``else``            ``count++;``    ``}` `    ``// For last remaining characters``    ``ans += (count * count + count) / ``2``;` `    ``return` `ans;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``{``    ``String S = ``"abcpxyz"``;``    ``char` `L[] = { ``'a'``, ``'p'``, ``'q'` `};``    ``int` `n = L.length;` `    ``System.out.print(countSubString(S.toCharArray(), L, n));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Rajput-Ji`

## Python3

 `# Python3 implementation of the above approach` `# Function to find the Number of sub-strings``# without using given character``def` `countSubstring(S, L,n):``    ``freq ``=` `[``0` `for` `i ``in` `range``(``26``)]``    ` `    ``# the freq array``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(n):``        ``freq[(``ord``(L[i]) ``-` `ord``(``'a'``))] ``=` `1` `    ``# Count variable to store the count``    ``# of the characters until a character``    ``# from given L is encountered``    ``count,ans ``=` `0``,``0` `    ``for` `x ``in` `S:` `        ``# If a character from L is encountered,``        ``# then the answer variable is incremented by``        ``# the value obtained by using``        ``# the mentioned formula and count is set to 0``        ``if` `(freq[``ord``(x) ``-` `ord``(``'a'``)]):``            ``ans ``+``=` `(count ``*` `count ``+` `count) ``/``/` `2``            ``count ``=` `0``        ``else``:``            ``count ``+``=` `1` `    ``# For last remaining characters``    ``ans ``+``=` `(count ``*` `count ``+` `count) ``/``/` `2` `    ``return` `ans` `# Driver code` `S ``=` `"abcpxyz"``L ``=` `[``'a'``, ``'p'``, ``'q'``]``n ``=` `len``(L)` `print``(countSubstring(S, L, n))` `# This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29`

## C#

 `// C# implementation of the above approach``using` `System;` `class` `GFG``{` `    ``// Function to find the Number of sub-Strings``    ``// without using given character``    ``static` `int` `countSubString(``char` `[]S, ``char` `[]L, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `[]freq = ``new` `int``;``        ``int` `ans = 0;``    ` `        ``// Mark the given characters in``        ``// the freq array``        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++)``        ``{``            ``freq[(``int``)(L[i] - ``'a'``)] = 1;``        ``}``    ` `        ``// Count variable to store the count``        ``// of the characters until a character``        ``// from given L is encountered``        ``int` `count = 0;``    ` `        ``foreach` `(``int` `x ``in` `S)``        ``{``    ` `            ``// If a character from L is encountered,``            ``// then the answer variable is incremented by``            ``// the value obtained by using``            ``// the mentioned formula and count is set to 0``            ``if` `(freq[(``int``)(x - ``'a'``)] > 0)``            ``{``                ``ans += (count * count + count) / 2;``                ``count = 0;``            ``}``            ``else``                ``count++;``        ``}``    ` `        ``// For last remaining characters``        ``ans += (count * count + count) / 2;``    ` `        ``return` `ans;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``string` `S = ``"abcpxyz"``;``        ``char` `[]L = { ``'a'``, ``'p'``, ``'q'` `};``        ``int` `n = L.Length;``    ` `        ``Console.WriteLine(countSubString(S.ToCharArray(), L, n));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by Yash_R`

## Javascript

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Output:
`9`

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