You are given a binary string of even length and equal number of 0’s and 1’s. What is the minimum number of swaps to make the string alternating. A binary string is alternating if no two consecutive elements are equal.
Input : 000111 Output : 1 Explanation : Swap index 2 and index 5 to get 010101 Input : 1010 Output : 0
We may either get a 1 at first position or a zero at first position. We consider two cases and find the minimum of two cases. Note that it is given that there are equal of numbers of 1’s and 0’s in the string and string is of even length.
1. Count number of zeroes at odd position and even position of the string. Let their count be odd_0 and even_0 respectively.
2. Count number of ones at odd position and even position of the string. Let their count be odd_1 and even_1 respectively.
3. We will always swap a 1 with a 0 (never a 1 with a 1 or a 0 with a 0). So we just check if our alternating string starts with 0 then the number of swaps is min(even_0, odd_1) and if our alternating string starts with 1 then the number of swaps is min(even_1, odd_0). The answer is min of these two .
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