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# Minimum flips required to generate continuous substrings of 0’s and 1’s

• Last Updated : 26 Jul, 2021

Given a binary string S of length N, the task is to find the minimum number of bit flips required to convert the given string such that it contains only continuous substrings of 0’s and 1’s such that the final string is in the form of 000..000, 111..111, 111…000 or 000…111.

Examples:

Input: S = 000100101, N = 9
Output:
Explanation:
000100101 -> 000000001

Input: S = 01100, N = 5
Output:
Explanation:
01100 -> 11100

Approach:
The minimum number of flips can be calculated efficiently in two linear traversals.
In the first traversal, we will calculate what can be the minimum number of flips required in the worst case, as it can be equal to the number of total 0’s initially
In the second traversal, at every step, the total number of flips required will be the sum of total 1’s before that point and the total 0’s after that point. We will take a minimum of all values calculated at every step.

Hence, to solve the problem, follow the steps below:

• Initialize variables count0 = 0, count1 = 0 and res = 0. where, count0 stores count of 0 and count1 stores count of 1 and res stores the bit flips required.
• Traverse the input string, calculate 0’s and store it in res variable.
• Traverse the input string and subtract the count of 0 if character 0 is found and store the count of character 1 in variable count1 and update the res as min(res, count0+count1).

Below is the implementation of the above approach.

## C++

 `// C++ implementation of the above approach` `#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `int` `minChanges(string str, ``int` `N)``{``    ``int` `res;``    ``int` `count0 = 0, count1 = 0;` `    ``// Traverse input string``    ``// and store the count of 0``    ``for` `(``char` `x : str) {``        ``count0 += (x == ``'0'``);``    ``}``    ``res = count0;` `    ``// Traverse the input string again``    ``// to find minimum number of flips``    ``for` `(``char` `x : str) {``        ``count0 -= (x == ``'0'``);``        ``count1 += (x == ``'1'``);``        ``res = min(res, count1 + count0);``    ``}` `    ``return` `res;``}` `// Driver code``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `N = 9;``    ``string str = ``"000101001"``;` `    ``cout << minChanges(str, N);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java implementation of the above approach``import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG{` `static` `int` `minChanges(String str, ``int` `N)``{``    ``int` `res;``    ``int` `count0 = ``0``, count1 = ``0``;` `    ``// Traverse input string``    ``// and store the count of 0``    ``for``(``char` `x : str.toCharArray())``    ``{``       ``if` `(x == ``'0'``)``           ``count0++;``    ``}``    ``res = count0;` `    ``// Traverse the input string again``    ``// to find minimum number of flips``    ``for``(``char` `x : str.toCharArray())``    ``{``       ``if` `(x == ``'0'``)``           ``count0--;``       ``if` `(x == ``'1'``)``           ``count1++;``           ` `       ``res = Math.min(res, count1 + count0);``    ``}``    ``return` `res;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``{``    ``int` `N = ``9``;``    ``String str = ``"000101001"``;` `    ``System.out.println(minChanges(str, N));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by offbeat`

## Python3

 `# Python3 implementation of the above approach``def` `minChanges(``str``, N):``    ` `    ``count0 ``=` `0``    ``count1 ``=` `0``    ` `    ``# Traverse input string``    ``# and store the count of 0``    ``for` `x ``in` `str``:``        ``count0 ``+``=` `(x ``=``=` `'0'``)` `    ``res ``=` `count0``            ` `    ``# Traverse the input string again``    ``# to find minimum number of flips``    ``for` `x ``in` `str``:``        ``count0 ``-``=` `(x ``=``=` `'0'``)``        ``count1 ``+``=` `(x ``=``=` `'1'``)``        ``res ``=` `min``(res, count1 ``+` `count0)``        ` `    ``return` `res`  `# Driver code``N ``=` `9``str` `=` `"000101001"` `print``(minChanges(``str``, N))` `# This code is contributed by shubhamsingh10`

## C#

 `// C# implementation of the above approach``using` `System;` `class` `GFG{` `static` `int` `minChanges(String str, ``int` `N)``{``    ``int` `res;``    ``int` `count0 = 0, count1 = 0;` `    ``// Traverse input string``    ``// and store the count of 0``    ``for``(``int` `i = 0; i < str.Length; i++)``    ``{``        ``if` `(str[i] == ``'0'``)``            ``count0++;``    ``}``    ``res = count0;` `    ``// Traverse the input string again``    ``// to find minimum number of flips``    ``for``(``int` `i = 0; i< str.Length; i++)``    ``{``        ``if` `(str[i] == ``'0'``)``            ``count0--;``        ``if` `(str[i] == ``'1'``)``            ``count1++;``                ` `        ``res = Math.Min(res, count1 + count0);``    ``}``    ``return` `res;``}` `// Driver code``public` `static` `void` `Main()``{``    ``int` `N = 9;``    ``String str = ``"000101001"``;` `    ``Console.Write(minChanges(str, N));``}``}` `// This code is contributed by chitranayal`

## Javascript

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Output:
`2`

Time complexity: O(k), where, k is the length of the binary string.
Space complexity: O(1) My Personal Notes arrow_drop_up