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Distinct permutations of a string containing duplicates using HashSet in Java
  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 19 Sep, 2019

Given a string str that may contain duplicate characters, the task is to print all the distinct permutations of the given string such that no permutation is repeated in the output.

Examples:

Input: str = “ABA”
Output:
ABA
AAB
BAA

Input: str = “ABC”
Output:
ABC
ACB
BAC
BCA
CBA
CAB

Approach: An approach to generate all the permutations of a given string has been discussed in this article. All the permutations generated by this approach can be stored in a HashSet in order to avoid duplicates.



Below is the implementation of the above approach:

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// Java implementation of the approach
import java.util.HashSet;
  
public class GFG {
  
    // To store all the generated permutations
    public static HashSet<String> h = new HashSet<String>();
  
    public static void permute(char s[], int i, int n)
    {
  
        // If the permutation is complete
        if (i == n) {
  
            // If set doesn't contain
            // the permutation already
            if (!(h.contains(String.copyValueOf(s)))) {
  
                h.add(String.copyValueOf(s));
  
                // Print the generated permutation
                System.out.println(s);
            }
        }
  
        else {
  
            // One by one swap the jth
            // character with the ith
            for (int j = i; j <= n; j++) {
  
                // Swapping a[i] and a[j];
                char temp = s[i];
                s[i] = s[j];
                s[j] = temp;
  
                // Revert the swapping
                permute(s, i + 1, n);
  
                temp = s[i];
                s[i] = s[j];
                s[j] = temp;
            }
        }
    }
  
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        char s[] = { 'A', 'B', 'A' };
        permute(s, 0, s.length - 1);
    }
}

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Output:

ABA
AAB
BAA

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