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Length of longest prefix anagram which are common in given two strings
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 22 Feb, 2021
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Given two strings str1 and str2 of the lengths of N and M respectively, the task is to find the length of the longest anagram string that is prefix substring of both the strings.

Examples:

Input: str1 = “abaabcdezzwer”, str2 = “caaabbttyh”
Output: 6
Explanation: 
Prefixes of length 1 of string str1 and str2 are “a”, and “c”.
Prefixes of length 2 of string str1 and str2 are “ab”, and “ca”.
Prefixes of length 3 of string str1 and str2 are “aba”, and “caa”.
Prefixes of length 4 of string str1 and str2 are “abaa”, and “caaa”.
Prefixes of length 5 of string str1 and str2 are “abaab”, and “caaab”.
Prefixes of length 6 of string str1 and str2 are “abaabc”, and “caaabb”.
Prefixes of length 7 of string str1 and str2 are “abaabcd”, and “caaabbt”.
Prefixes of length 8 of string str1 and str2 are “abaabcde”, and “caaabbtt”.
Prefixes of length 9 of string str1 and str2 are “abaabcdez”, and “caaabbtty”.
Prefixes of length 10 of string str1 and str2 are “abaabcdezz”, and “caaabbttyh”.
Prefixes of length 6 are anagram with each other only.

Input: str1 = “abcdef”, str2 = “tuvwxyz”
Output: 0

Approach: The idea is to use Hashing for solving the above problem. Follow the steps below to solve the problem:



  • Initialize two integer arrays freq1[] and freq2[], each of size 26, to store the count of characters in strings str1 and str2 respectively.
  • Initialize a variable, say ans, to store the result.
  • Iterate over the characters of the string present in indices [0, minimum(N – 1, M – 1)] and perform the following:
    • Increment count of str1[i] in freq1[] array and count of str2[i] in freq2[] array by 1.
    • Check if the frequency array freq1[] is the same as the frequency array freq2[], assign ans = i + 1.
  • After the above steps, print the value of ans as the result.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

C++




// C++ program for the above approach
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
#define SIZE 26
 
// Function to check if two arrays
// are identical or not
bool longHelper(int freq1[], int freq2[])
{
    // Iterate over the range [0, SIZE]
    for (int i = 0; i < SIZE; ++i) {
 
        // If frequency any character is
        // not same in both the strings
        if (freq1[i] != freq2[i]) {
            return false;
        }
    }
 
    // Otherwise
    return true;
}
 
// Function to find the maximum
// length of the required string
int longCommomPrefixAnagram(
    string s1, string s2, int n1, int n2)
{
    // Store the count of
    // characters in string str1
    int freq1[26] = { 0 };
 
    // Store the count of
    // characters in string str2
    int freq2[26] = { 0 };
 
    // Stores the maximum length
    int ans = 0;
 
    // Minimum length of str1 and str2
    int mini_len = min(n1, n2);
 
    for (int i = 0; i < mini_len; ++i) {
 
        // Increment the count of
        // characters of str1[i] in
        // freq1[] by one
        freq1[s1[i] - 'a']++;
 
        // Increment the count of
        // characters of str2[i] in
        // freq2[] by one
        freq2[s2[i] - 'a']++;
 
        // Checks if prefixes are
        // anagram or not
        if (longHelper(freq1, freq2)) {
            ans = i + 1;
        }
    }
 
    // Finally print the ans
    cout << ans;
}
 
// Driver Code
int main()
{
    string str1 = "abaabcdezzwer";
    string str2 = "caaabbttyh";
    int N = str1.length();
    int M = str2.length();
 
    // Function Call
    longCommomPrefixAnagram(str1, str2,
                            N, M);
 
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java program for the above approach
public class Main
{
  static int SIZE = 26;
 
  // Function to check if two arrays
  // are identical or not
  static boolean longHelper(int[] freq1, int[] freq2)
  {
 
    // Iterate over the range [0, SIZE]
    for (int i = 0; i < SIZE; ++i)
    {
 
      // If frequency any character is
      // not same in both the strings
      if (freq1[i] != freq2[i])
      {
        return false;
      }
    }
 
    // Otherwise
    return true;
  }
 
  // Function to find the maximum
  // length of the required string
  static void longCommomPrefixAnagram(
    String s1, String s2, int n1, int n2)
  {
    // Store the count of
    // characters in string str1
    int[] freq1 = new int[26];
 
    // Store the count of
    // characters in string str2
    int[] freq2 = new int[26];
 
    // Stores the maximum length
    int ans = 0;
 
    // Minimum length of str1 and str2
    int mini_len = Math.min(n1, n2);
 
    for (int i = 0; i < mini_len; ++i) {
 
      // Increment the count of
      // characters of str1[i] in
      // freq1[] by one
      freq1[s1.charAt(i) - 'a']++;
 
      // Increment the count of
      // characters of str2[i] in
      // freq2[] by one
      freq2[s2.charAt(i) - 'a']++;
 
      // Checks if prefixes are
      // anagram or not
      if (longHelper(freq1, freq2)) {
        ans = i + 1;
      }
    }
 
    // Finally print the ans
    System.out.print(ans);
  }
 
  // Driver code
  public static void main(String[] args)
  {
    String str1 = "abaabcdezzwer";
    String str2 = "caaabbttyh";
    int N = str1.length();
    int M = str2.length();
 
    // Function Call
    longCommomPrefixAnagram(str1, str2, N, M);
  }
}
 
// This code is contributed by divyeshrrabadiya07.

Python3




# Python3 program for the above approach
SIZE = 26
 
# Function to check if two arrays
# are identical or not
def longHelper(freq1, freq2):
     
    # Iterate over the range [0, SIZE]
    for i in range(26):
 
        # If frequency any character is
        # not same in both the strings
        if (freq1[i] != freq2[i]):
            return False
 
    # Otherwise
    return True
 
# Function to find the maximum
# length of the required string
def longCommomPrefixAnagram(s1, s2, n1, n2):
   
    # Store the count of
    # characters in str1
    freq1 = [0]*26
 
    # Store the count of
    # characters in str2
    freq2 = [0]*26
 
    # Stores the maximum length
    ans = 0
 
    # Minimum length of str1 and str2
    mini_len = min(n1, n2)
    for i in range(mini_len):
 
        # Increment the count of
        # characters of str1[i] in
        # freq1[] by one
        freq1[ord(s1[i]) - ord('a')] += 1
 
        # Increment the count of
        # characters of stord(r2[i]) in
        # freq2[] by one
        freq2[ord(s2[i]) - ord('a')] += 1
 
        # Checks if prefixes are
        # anagram or not
        if (longHelper(freq1, freq2)):
            ans = i + 1
 
    # Finally prthe ans
    print (ans)
 
# Driver Code
if __name__ == '__main__':
    str1 = "abaabcdezzwer"
    str2 = "caaabbttyh"
    N = len(str1)
    M = len(str2)
 
    # Function Call
    longCommomPrefixAnagram(str1, str2, N, M)
     
    # This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29.

C#




// C# program for the above approach
using System;
class GFG
{   
    static int SIZE = 26;
     
    // Function to check if two arrays
    // are identical or not
    static bool longHelper(int[] freq1, int[] freq2)
    {
       
        // Iterate over the range [0, SIZE]
        for (int i = 0; i < SIZE; ++i)
        {
      
            // If frequency any character is
            // not same in both the strings
            if (freq1[i] != freq2[i])
            {
                return false;
            }
        }
      
        // Otherwise
        return true;
    }
     
    // Function to find the maximum
    // length of the required string
    static void longCommomPrefixAnagram(
        string s1, string s2, int n1, int n2)
    {
        // Store the count of
        // characters in string str1
        int[] freq1 = new int[26];
      
        // Store the count of
        // characters in string str2
        int[] freq2 = new int[26];
      
        // Stores the maximum length
        int ans = 0;
      
        // Minimum length of str1 and str2
        int mini_len = Math.Min(n1, n2);
      
        for (int i = 0; i < mini_len; ++i) {
      
            // Increment the count of
            // characters of str1[i] in
            // freq1[] by one
            freq1[s1[i] - 'a']++;
      
            // Increment the count of
            // characters of str2[i] in
            // freq2[] by one
            freq2[s2[i] - 'a']++;
      
            // Checks if prefixes are
            // anagram or not
            if (longHelper(freq1, freq2)) {
                ans = i + 1;
            }
        }
      
        // Finally print the ans
        Console.Write(ans);
    }
 
  // Driver code
  static void Main() {
    string str1 = "abaabcdezzwer";
    string str2 = "caaabbttyh";
    int N = str1.Length;
    int M = str2.Length;
  
    // Function Call
    longCommomPrefixAnagram(str1, str2, N, M);
  }
}
 
// This code is contributed by divyesh072019.
Output: 
6

 

Time Complexity: O(N*26)
Auxiliary Space: O(26)

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