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Longest Uncommon Subsequence
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 28 Aug, 2019

Given two strings, find the length of longest uncommon subsequence of the two strings. The longest uncommon subsequence is defined as the longest subsequence of one of these strings which is not a susequence of other string.
Examples:

Input : "abcd", "abc"
Output : 4
The longest subsequence is 4 because "abcd"
is a subsequence of first string, but not
a subsequence of second string.

Input : "abc", "abc"
Output : 0
Both strings are same, so there is no 
uncommon subsequence.

Brute Force: In general, the first thought some people may have is to generate all possible 2n subsequences of both the strings and store their frequency in a hashmap. Longest subsequence whose frequency is equal to 1 will be the required subsequence.

C++




// CPP program to find longest uncommon
// subsequence using naive method
#include <iostream>
#include <unordered_map>
#include <vector>
using namespace std;
  
// function to calculate length of longest uncommon subsequence
int findLUSlength(string a, string b)
{
    /* creating an unordered map to map
       strings to their frequency*/
    unordered_map<string, int> map; 
    vector<string> strArr;
    strArr.push_back(a);
    strArr.push_back(b);
  
    // traversing all elements of vector strArr
    for (string s : strArr) 
    {
        /* Creating all possible subsequences, i.e 2^n*/
        for (int i = 0; i < (1 << s.length()); i++) 
        {
            string t = "";
            for (int j = 0; j < s.length(); j++) {
  
                /* ((i>>j) & 1) determines which  
                   character goes into string t*/
                if (((i >> j) & 1) != 0)  
                    t += s[j];
            }
  
            /* If common subsequence is found,
               increment its frequency*/
            if (map.count(t))
                map[t]++;
            else
                map[t] = 1;
        }
    }
    int res = 0;
    for (auto a : map) // traversing the map
    {
         // if frequency equals 1   
        if (a.second == 1)
            res = max(res, (int)a.first.length()); 
    }
    return res;
}
int main()
{
    // Your C++ Code
    string a = "abcdabcd", b = "abcabc"; // input strings
    cout << findLUSlength(a, b);
    return 0;
}


Java




// Java program to find longest uncommon
// subsequence using naive method
import java.io.*;
import java.util.*;
   
class GfG{
       
// function to calculate length of 
// longest uncommon subsequence
static int findLUSlength(String a, String b)
{
    // creating an unordered map to map
    // strings to their frequency
    HashMap<String, Integer> map= new HashMap<String, Integer>(); 
    Vector<String> strArr= new Vector<String>();
    strArr.add(a);
    strArr.add(b);
  
    // traversing all elements of vector strArr
    for (String s : strArr) 
    {
        // Creating all possible subsequences, i.e 2^n
        for (int i = 0; i < (1 << s.length()); i++) 
        {
            String t = "";
            for (int j = 0; j < s.length(); j++) {
  
                // ((i>>j) & 1) determines which 
                // character goes into string t
                if (((i >> j) & 1) != 0
                    t += s.charAt(j);
            }
  
            // If common subsequence is found,
            // increment its frequency
            if (map.containsKey(t))
                map.put(t,map.get(t)+1);
            else
                map.put(t,1);
        }
    }
    int res = 0;
    for (HashMap.Entry<String, Integer> entry : map.entrySet())
  
    // traversing the map
    {
        // if frequency equals 1 
        if (entry.getValue() == 1)
            res = Math.max(res, entry.getKey().length()); 
    }
    return res;
}
  
    // Driver code
    public static void main (String[] args) {
  
    // input strings
    String a = "abcdabcd", b = "abcabc"
       System.out.println(findLUSlength(a, b));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by Gitanjali.


Python3




# Python3 program to find longest uncommon
# subsequence using naive method
  
# function to calculate length of 
# longest uncommon subsequence
def findLUSlength(a, b):
  
    ''' creating an unordered map to map
    strings to their frequency'''
    map = dict()
    strArr = []
    strArr.append(a)
    strArr.append(b)
  
    # traversing all elements of vector strArr
    for s in strArr:
          
        ''' Creating all possible subsequences, i.e 2^n'''
        for i in range(1 << len(s)):
            t = ""
            for j in range(len(s)):
  
                ''' ((i>>j) & 1) determines which
                character goes into t'''
                if (((i >> j) & 1) != 0):
                    t += s[j]
  
            # If common subsequence is found,
            # increment its frequency
            if (t in map.keys()):
                map[t] += 1;
            else:
                map[t] = 1
  
    res = 0
    for a in map: # traversing the map
                  # if frequency equals 1
        if (map[a] == 1):
            res = max(res, len(a))
  
    return res
  
# Driver Code
a = "abcdabcd"
b = "abcabc" # input strings
print(findLUSlength(a, b))
  
# This code is contributed by Mohit Kumar


C#




// C# program to find longest 
// uncommon subsequence using
// naive method
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
  
class GFG
{     
    // function to calculate 
    // length of longest
    // uncommon subsequence
    static int findLUSlength(string a, 
                             string b)
    {
        // creating an unordered 
        // map to map strings to
        // their frequency
        Dictionary<string, int> map = 
                   new Dictionary<string, int>(); 
        List<string> strArr =
                 new List<string>();
        strArr.Add(a);
        strArr.Add(b);
      
        // traversing all elements
        // of vector strArr
        foreach (string s in strArr)
        {
            // Creating all possible
            // subsequences, i.e 2^n
            for (int i = 0; 
                     i < (1 << s.Length); i++) 
            {
                string t = "";
                for (int j = 0; 
                         j < s.Length; j++) 
                {
      
                    // ((i>>j) & 1) determines 
                    // which character goes 
                    // into string t
                    if (((i >> j) & 1) != 0) 
                        t += s[j];
                }
      
                // If common subsequence 
                // is found, increment 
                // its frequency
                if (map.ContainsKey(t))
                {
                    int value = map[t] + 1;
                    map.Remove(t);
                    map.Add(t, value);
                }
                else
                    map.Add(t, 1);
            }
        }
        int res = 0;
        foreach (KeyValuePair<string, int
                             entry in map)
        // traversing the map
        {
            // if frequency equals 1 
            if (entry.Value == 1)
                res = Math.Max(res,
                           entry.Key.Length); 
        }
        return res;
    
      
    // Driver code
    static void Main () 
    
          
        // input strings
        string a = "abcdabcd",
               b = "abcabc"
          
        Console.Write(findLUSlength(a, b));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by 
// Manish Shaw(manishshaw1)



Output:

8
  • Time complexity : O(2x + 2y), where x and y are the lengths of two strings.
  • Auxiliary Space : O(2x + 2y).

 



Efficient Algorithm:If we analyze the problem carefully, it would seem much easier than it looks. All the three possible cases are as described below;

  1. If both the strings are identical, for example: “ac” and “ac”, it is obvious that no subsequence will be uncommon. Hence, return 0.
  2. If length(a) = length(b) and a ? b, for example: “abcdef” and “defghi”, out of these two strings one string will never be a subsequence of other string.
    Hence, return length(a) or length(b).
  3. If length(a) ? length(b), for example: “abcdabcd” and “abcabc”, in this case we can consider bigger string as a required subsequence because bigger string can not be a subsequence of smaller string. Hence, return max(length(a), length(b)).

C++




// CPP Program to find longest uncommon 
// subsequence.
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
  
// function to calculate length of longest
// uncommon subsequence
int findLUSlength(string a, string b)
{
    // Case 1: If strings are equal
    if (!a.compare(b)) 
        return 0;
  
     // for case 2 and case 3
    return max(a.length(), b.length());
}
  
// Driver code
int main()
{
    string a = "abcdabcd", b = "abcabc";
    cout << findLUSlength(a, b);
    return 0;
}


Java




// Java program to find longest uncommon
// subsequence using naive method
  
import java.io.*;
import java.util.*;
   
class GfG{
       
// function to calculate length of longest
// uncommon subsequence
static int findLUSlength(String a, String b)
{
    // Case 1: If strings are equal
    if (a.equals(b)==true
        return 0;
   
     // for case 2 and case 3
    return Math.max(a.length(), b.length());
}
    // Driver code
    public static void main (String[] args) {
  
    // input strings
    String a = "abcdabcd", b = "abcabc"
       System.out.println(findLUSlength(a, b));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by Gitanjali.


Python3




# Python program to find
# longest uncommon
# subsequence using naive method
  
import math
  
# function to calculate
# length of longest
# uncommon subsequence
def findLUSlength( a, b):
  
    # Case 1: If strings are equal
    if (a==b) :
        return 0
   
     # for case 2 and case 3
    return max(len(a), len(b))
  
# Driver code
  
#input strings
a = "abcdabcd"
b = "abcabc" 
print (findLUSlength(a, b))
  
# This code is contributed by Gitanjali.


C#




// C# program to find longest uncommon
// subsequence using naive method.
using System;
  
class GfG {
      
    // function to calculate length
    // of longest uncommon subsequence
    static int findLUSlength(String a, String b)
    {
          
        // Case 1: If strings are equal
        if (a.Equals(b)==true
            return 0;
      
        // for case 2 and case 3
        return Math.Max(a.Length, b.Length);
    }
      
    // Driver code
    public static void Main ()
    {
  
        // input strings
        String a = "abcdabcd", b = "abcabc"
        Console.Write(findLUSlength(a, b));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by nitin mittal.


PHP




<?php
// PHP Program to find longest 
// uncommon subsequence.
  
// function to calculate length 
// of longest uncommon subsequence
function findLUSlength($a, $b)
{
    // Case 1: If strings
    // are equal
    if (!strcmp($a, $b)) 
        return 0;
  
    // for case 2 
    // and case 3
    return max(strlen($a), 
               strlen($b));
}
  
// Driver code
$a = "abcdabcd"
$b = "abcabc";
echo (findLUSlength($a, $b));
  
// This code is contributed by 
// Manish Shaw(manishshaw1)
?>



Output:

8

Complexity Analysis:

  • Time complexity : O(min(x, y)), where x and y are the lengths of two strings.
  • Auxiliary Space : O(1).

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