# Count of strings where adjacent characters are of difference one

Given a number n, count the number of strings of length n such that every string has adjacent characters with a difference between ASCII values as 1.

**Examples**:

Input : N = 1 Output : Total strings are 26 Explanation : For N=1, strings are a, b, c,, ...., x, y, z Input : N = 2 Output : Total strings are 50 Explanation : For N = 2, strings are ab, ba, bc, cb, .., yx, yz, zy

For strings starting with character ‘A’ and length ‘i’, we consider all strings of length ‘i-1’ and starting with character ‘B’

For strings starting with character ‘G’ and length ‘i’, we consider all strings of length ‘i-1’ and starting with character ‘H’ and all strings of length ‘i-1’ and starting with ‘F’.

We take the base case for n = 1, and set result for all 26 characters as 1. This simply means when 1 character string is consider all alphabets from a-z are taken only once.

For **N = 2**,

For **N = 3**,

**Conclusion** : For **N = n**

countAdjacent(n)dp[i][j] finally stores count of strings of length i and starting with character j. Initialize dp[n+1][27] as 0 Initialize dp[1][j] = 1 where j = 0 to 25 for i = 2 to n for j = 0 to 25 if (j = 0) dp[i][j] = dp[i-1][j+1]; else dp[i][j] = dp[i-1][j-1] + dp[i-1][j+1]; Sum of n-th row from 0 to 25 is the result.

## C++

`// CPP Program to count strings with adjacent` `// characters.` `#include <bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `int` `countStrs(` `int` `n)` `{` ` ` `long` `int` `dp[n + 1][27];` ` ` `// Initializing arr[n+1][27] to 0` ` ` `memset` `(dp, 0, ` `sizeof` `(dp));` ` ` `// Initialing 1st row all 1 from 0 to 25` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i <= 25; i++)` ` ` `dp[1][i] = 1;` ` ` `// Begin evaluating from i=2 since 1st row is set` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 2; i <= n; i++) {` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = 0; j <= 25; j++)` ` ` `// j=0 is 'A' which can make strings` ` ` `// of length i using strings of length` ` ` `// i-1 and starting with 'B'` ` ` `if` `(j == 0)` ` ` `dp[i][j] = dp[i - 1][j + 1];` ` ` `else` ` ` `dp[i][j] = (dp[i - 1][j - 1] +` ` ` `dp[i - 1][j + 1]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Our result is sum of last row.` ` ` `long` `int` `sum = 0;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i <= 25; i++)` ` ` `sum = (sum + dp[n][i]);` ` ` `return` `sum;` `}` `// Driver's Code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `int` `n = 3;` ` ` `cout << ` `"Total strings are : "` `<< countStrs(n);` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java Program to count strings` `// with adjacent characters.` `class` `GFG` `{` ` ` `static` `long` `countStrs(` `int` `n)` ` ` `{` ` ` `long` `[][] dp = ` `new` `long` `[n + ` `1` `][` `27` `];` ` ` `// Initializing arr[n+1][27] to 0` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i < n + ` `1` `; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = ` `0` `; j < ` `27` `; j++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = ` `0` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Initialing 1st row all 1 from 0 to 25` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i <= ` `25` `; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[` `1` `][i] = ` `1` `;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Begin evaluating from i=2` ` ` `// since 1st row is set` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `2` `; i <= n; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` ` ` `// j=0 is 'A' which can make strings` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = ` `0` `; j <= ` `25` `; j++) ` ` ` ` ` `// of length i using strings of length` ` ` `// i-1 and starting with 'B'` ` ` `{` ` ` `if` `(j == ` `0` `)` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = dp[i - ` `1` `][j + ` `1` `];` ` ` `}` ` ` `else` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = (dp[i - ` `1` `][j - ` `1` `]` ` ` `+ dp[i - ` `1` `][j + ` `1` `]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Our result is sum of last row.` ` ` `long` `sum = ` `0` `;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `0` `; i <= ` `25` `; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `sum = (sum + dp[n][i]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `sum;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Driver Code` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)` ` ` `{` ` ` `int` `n = ` `3` `;` ` ` `System.out.println(` `"Total strings are : "` `+` ` ` `countStrs(n));` ` ` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar` |

## Python 3

`# Python3 Program to count strings with` `# adjacent characters.` `def` `countStrs(n):` ` ` `# Initializing arr[n+1][27] to 0` ` ` `dp ` `=` `[[` `0` `for` `j ` `in` `range` `(` `27` `)]` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(n ` `+` `1` `)]` ` ` `# Initialing 1st row all 1 from 0 to 25` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(` `0` `, ` `26` `):` ` ` `dp[` `1` `][i] ` `=` `1` ` ` `# Begin evaluating from i=2 since` ` ` `# 1st row is set ` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(` `2` `, n ` `+` `1` `):` ` ` `for` `j ` `in` `range` `(` `0` `, ` `26` `):` ` ` `# j=0 is 'A' which can make strings` ` ` `# of length i using strings of length` ` ` `# i-1 and starting with 'B'` ` ` `if` `(j ` `=` `=` `0` `):` ` ` `dp[i][j] ` `=` `dp[i ` `-` `1` `][j ` `+` `1` `];` ` ` `else` `:` ` ` `dp[i][j] ` `=` `(dp[i ` `-` `1` `][j ` `-` `1` `] ` `+` ` ` `dp[i ` `-` `1` `][j ` `+` `1` `])` ` ` `# Our result is sum of last row. ` ` ` `sum` `=` `0` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(` `0` `, ` `26` `):` ` ` `sum` `=` `sum` `+` `dp[n][i]` ` ` `return` `sum` ` ` `# Driver's Code` `if` `__name__ ` `=` `=` `"__main__"` `:` ` ` `n ` `=` `3` ` ` `print` `(` `"Total strings are : "` `, countStrs(n))` ` ` `# This code is contributed by Sairahul Jella` |

## C#

`// C# Program to count strings with ` `// adjacent characters.` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG` `{` ` ` `static` `long` `countStrs(` `int` `n)` ` ` `{` ` ` `long` `[,] dp = ` `new` `long` `[n + 1, 27];` ` ` ` ` `// Initializing arr[n+1][27] to 0` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i < n + 1; i++)` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = 0; j < 27; j++)` ` ` `dp[i, j] = 0;` ` ` ` ` `// Initialing 1st row all 1 from 0 to 25` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i <= 25; i++)` ` ` `dp[1, i] = 1;` ` ` ` ` `// Begin evaluating from i=2 since 1st row is set` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 2; i <= n; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = 0; j <= 25; j++)` ` ` ` ` `// j=0 is 'A' which can make strings` ` ` `// of length i using strings of length` ` ` `// i-1 and starting with 'B'` ` ` `if` `(j == 0)` ` ` `dp[i, j] = dp[i - 1, j + 1];` ` ` `else` ` ` `dp[i, j] = (dp[i - 1, j - 1] +` ` ` `dp[i - 1, j + 1]);` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Our result is sum of last row.` ` ` `long` `sum = 0;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 0; i <= 25; i++)` ` ` `sum = (sum + dp[n, i]);` ` ` `return` `sum;` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `// Driver Code` ` ` `static` `void` `Main()` ` ` `{` ` ` `int` `n = 3;` ` ` `Console.Write(` `"Total strings are : "` `+ countStrs(n));` ` ` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by DrRoot_` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// JavaScript Program to count strings` `// with adjacent characters.` ` ` `function` `countStrs(n)` ` ` `{` ` ` `let dp = ` `new` `Array(n + 1);` ` ` `// Loop to create 2D array using 1D array` ` ` `for` `(` `var` `i = 0; i < dp.length; i++) {` ` ` `dp[i] = ` `new` `Array(2);` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Initializing arr[n+1][27] to 0` ` ` `for` `(let i = 0; i < n + 1; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `for` `(let j = 0; j < 27; j++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = 0;` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Initialing 1st row all 1 from 0 to 25` ` ` `for` `(let i = 0; i <= 25; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[1][i] = 1;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Begin evaluating from i=2` ` ` `// since 1st row is set` ` ` `for` `(let i = 2; i <= n; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` ` ` `// j=0 is 'A' which can make strings` ` ` `for` `(let j = 0; j <= 25; j++) ` ` ` ` ` `// of length i using strings of length` ` ` `// i-1 and starting with 'B'` ` ` `{` ` ` `if` `(j == 0)` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = dp[i - 1][j + 1];` ` ` `}` ` ` `else` ` ` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = (dp[i - 1][j - 1]` ` ` `+ dp[i - 1][j + 1]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Our result is sum of last row.` ` ` `let sum = 0;` ` ` `for` `(let i = 0; i <= 25; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `sum = (sum + dp[n][i]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `sum;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Driver Code` ` ` `let n = 3;` ` ` `document.write(` `"Total strings are : "` `+` ` ` `countStrs(n));` ` ` `</script>` |

**Output:**

Total strings are : 98

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