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Length of the longest substring that contains even number of vowels

  • Last Updated : 23 Jun, 2021

Given a string S consisting of N lowercase characters, the task is to find the length of the longest substring consisting of an even number of vowels.

Examples:

Input: S= “bcbcbc”
Output: 6
Explanation:
Consider the substring S[0, 5] i.e., “bcbcbc” is the longest substring because all vowels: a, e, i, o and u appear 0(which is even) number of times.

Input: S = “ebbaa”
Output: 4

Naive Approach: The simplest approach to solve the given problem is to generate all possible substrings from the given string S and for each substring, check if the frequency of all vowels in the substring is even or not. If found to be true, then update the maximum length of the string required. After checking for all the substrings, print the maximum length obtained.



Time Complexity: O(N2)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)

Efficient Approach: The above approach can also be optimized by using Hashing. The idea is to initialize a string, say temp of size 5 corresponding to the 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) with all 0s, where s[i] = 0 indicates that the ith vowel is occurring an even number of times. Now, traverse the given string and find the same state of the string, temp from the map and update the maximum length. Follow the steps below to solve the problem:

  • Initialize a variable, say ans as 0 that stores the required result.
  • Initialize a string, say temp of size 5 as “00000”.
  • Create a hashmap, M to store the index of occurrence of string temp and initialize the value of temp in M as -1.
  • Traverse the given string S over the range [0, N – 1] using the variable i and perform the following steps:
    • If the character S[i] is a vowel, then update the string temp.
    • If the string temp is present in the map M then store its value from the map M in a variable X and update the value of ans to the maximum of ans and (i – X).
    • Otherwise, update the value of temp in the map M as i.
  • After completing 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;
 
// Function to find the length of the
// longest substring having even number
// of vowels
int longestSubstring(string s)
{
    // Create two hashmaps
    unordered_map<string, int> indexes;
    unordered_map<char, int> chars(
        { { 'a', 0 }, { 'e', 1 },
          { 'i', 2 }, { 'o', 3 },
          { 'u', 4 } });
 
    // Keep the track of frequencies
    // of the vowels
    string evenOdd = "00000";
    indexes[evenOdd] = -1;
 
    // Stores the maximum length
    int length = 0;
 
    // Traverse the given string S
    for (int i = 0; i < s.size(); ++i) {
 
        char c = s[i];
 
        // Find character in the map
        auto it = chars.find(c);
 
        // If it is a vowel, then update
        // the frequency
        if (it != chars.end()) {
            evenOdd[it->second]
                = evenOdd[it->second]
                          == '0'
                      ? '1'
                      : '0';
        }
 
        // Find the index of occurence
        // of the string evenOdd in map
        auto lastIndex = indexes.find(evenOdd);
 
        if (lastIndex == indexes.end()) {
            indexes[evenOdd] = i;
        }
 
        // Update the maximum length
        else {
            length = max(
                length, i - lastIndex->second);
        }
    }
 
    // Print the maximum length
    cout << length;
}
 
// Driver Code
int main()
{
    string S = "bcbcbc";
    longestSubstring(S);
 
    return 0;
}

Python3




# Python3 program for the above approach
 
# Function to find the length of the
# longest substring having even number
# of vowels
def longestSubstring(s):
     
    # Create two hashmaps
    indexes = {}
    chars = {}
    chars['a'] = 0
    chars['e'] = 1
    chars['i'] = 2
    chars['o'] = 3
    chars['u'] = 4
     
    # Keep the track of frequencies
    # of the vowels
    evenOdd = "00000"
    evenOdd = [i for i in evenOdd]
    indexes["".join(evenOdd)] = -1
 
    # Stores the maximum length
    length = 0
 
    # Traverse the given string S
    for i in range(len(s)):
        c = s[i]
 
        # Find character in the map
 
        # If it is a vowel, then update
        # the frequency
        if (c in chars):
            evenOdd[chars[it]] = '1' if evenOdd[chars[it]] else '0'
             
        # Find the index of occurence
        # of the string evenOdd in map
        if ("".join(evenOdd) not in indexes):
            indexes["".join(evenOdd)] = i
             
        # Update the maximum length
        else:
            length = max(
                length, i - indexes["".join(evenOdd)])
 
    # Print the maximum length
    print(length)
 
# Driver Code
if __name__ == '__main__':
     
    S = "bcbcbc"
     
    longestSubstring(S)
 
# This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29
Output: 
6

 

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

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