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Longest subsequence where each character occurs at least k times
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 06 May, 2021

Given a string ‘s’ and an integer k, find other string ‘t’ such that ‘t’ is the largest subsequence of given string ‘s’ and each character of ‘t’ must occur at least k times in string s.
Examples : 
 

Input : s = "geeksforgeeks"
        k = 2
Output : geeksgeeks

Input : s = "baaabaacba"
        k = 3
Output : baaabaaba

 

A simple solution is to generate all subsequences. For every subsequence, check if it has all characters at least k times. Find longest such subsequence. Time complexity of this approach is exponential.
Efficient Approach We can take another array to keep the record of count of each character from string s, if any character occurred more than or equal to k times, then we simply print it. 
 

CPP




// CPP Program to find the subsequence
// with each character occurring at least
// k times in string s
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
 
#define MAX_CHAR 26
 
// Function to find the subsequence
void findSubsequence(string str, int k)
{
    // Taking an extra array to keep
    // record for character count in s
    int a[MAX_CHAR] = { 0 };
 
    // Counting occurrences of all
    // characters in str[]
    for (int i = 0; i < str.size(); i++)
        a[str[i] - 'a']++;   
 
    // Printing characters with count
    // >= k in same order as they appear
    // in str.
    for (int i = 0; i < l; i++)
        if (a[str[i] - 'a'] >= k)
            cout << str[i];   
}
 
// Driver code
int main()
{
    int k = 2;
    findSubsequence("geeksforgeeks", k);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java Program to find the subsequence
// with each character occurring at least
// k times in string s
class GFG {
     
    static final int MAX_CHAR = 26;
     
    // Function to find the subsequence
    static void findSubsequence(String str, int k)
    {
         
        // Taking an extra array to keep
        // record for character count in s
        int a[] = new int[MAX_CHAR];
     
        // Counting occurrences of all
        // characters in str[]
        for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++)
            a[str.charAt(i) - 'a']++;
     
        // Printing characters with count
        // >= k in same order as they appear
        // in str.
        for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++)
            if (a[str.charAt(i) - 'a'] >= k)
                System.out.print(str.charAt(i));
    }
     
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String[] args) {
         
        int k = 2;
        findSubsequence("geeksforgeeks", k);
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by Anant Agarwal.

Python3




# Python Program to find the subsequence
# with each character occurring at least
# k times in string s
 
MAX_CHAR = 26
 
# Function to find the subsequence
def findSubsequence(stri, k):
    # Taking an extra array to keep
    # record for character count in s
    a = [0] * MAX_CHAR;
 
    # Counting occurrences of all
    # characters in str[]
    for i in range(len(stri)):
        a[ord(stri[i]) - ord('a')] += 1
 
    # Printing characters with count
    # >= k in same order as they appear
    # in str.
    for i in range(len(stri)):
        if a[ord(stri[i]) - ord('a')] >= k:
            print(stri[i],end='')
 
# Driver code
k = 2
findSubsequence("geeksforgeeks", k)
 
# This code is contributed by Shubham Rana

C#




// C# Program to find the subsequence
// with each character occurring at
// least k times in string s
using System;
 
class GFG {
     
    static int MAX_CHAR = 26;
     
    // Function to find the subsequence
    static void findSubsequence(string str, int k)
    {
         
        // Taking an extra array to keep
        // record for character count in s
        int []a = new int[MAX_CHAR];
     
        // Counting occurrences of all
        // characters in str[]
        for (int i = 0; i < str.Length; i++)
            a[str[i] - 'a']++;
     
        // Printing characters with count
        // >= k in same order as they appear
        // in str.
        for (int i = 0; i < str.Length; i++)
            if (a[str[i] - 'a'] >= k)
                Console.Write(str[i]);
    }
     
    // Driver code
    public static void Main() {
         
        int k = 2;
        findSubsequence("geeksforgeeks", k);
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by vt_m.

PHP




<?php
// PHP Program to find the
// subsequence with each
// character occurring at
// least k times in string s
 
// Function to find the subsequence
function findSubsequence($str, $k)
{
     
    // Taking an extra array to keep
    // record for character count in s
    $a = array(1024);
     
    for($i = 0; $i < 26; $i++)
        $a[$i] = 0;
     
    // Counting occurrences of all
    // characters in str[]
    for ($i = 0; $i < strlen($str); $i++)
    {
        $temp = ord($str[$i]) - ord('a');
        $a[$temp] += 1;
    }
     
    // Printing characters with
    // count >= k in same order
    // as they appear in str.
    for ($i = 0; $i < strlen($str); $i++)
        if ($a[ord($str[$i]) - ord('a')] >= $k)
            echo $str[$i];
}
 
// Driver code
$k = 2;
findSubsequence("geeksforgeeks", $k);
     
// This code is contributed by Sam007
?>

Javascript




<script>
 
// Javascript Program to find the subsequence
// with each character occurring at least
// k times in string s
 
var MAX_CHAR = 26;
 
// Function to find the subsequence
function findSubsequence(str, k)
{
    // Taking an extra array to keep
    // record for character count in s
    var a = Array(MAX_CHAR).fill(0);
 
    // Counting occurrences of all
    // characters in str[]
    for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++)
        a[str[i].charCodeAt(0) -
        'a'.charCodeAt(0)]++;   
 
    // Printing characters with count
    // >= k in same order as they appear
    // in str.
    for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++)
        if (a[str[i].charCodeAt(0) -
        'a'.charCodeAt(0)] >= k)
            document.write( str[i]);   
}
 
// Driver code
var k = 2;
findSubsequence("geeksforgeeks", k);
 
</script>

Output:  

geeksgeeks

 

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