Python | Maximum Difference in String

Sometimes, we might have a problem in which we require to get the maximum difference of 2 numbers from Strings but with a constraint of having the numbers in successions. This type of problem can occur while competitive programming. Let’s discuss certain ways in which this problem can be solved.

Method #1 : Using max() + zip() + list comprehension
This problem can be solved using the combination of above three function in which max function can be used to get the max value, zip and list comprehension doing the task of extending the logic to the whole list.

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# Python3 code to demonstrate
# Maximum Difference in String
# using zip() + max() + list comprehension
  
# initializing string 
test_string = '6543452345456987653234'
  
# printing original string 
print("The original string : " + str(test_string))
  
# using zip() + max() + list comprehension
# Maximum Difference in String
test_string = list(test_string)
res = max(abs(int(a) - int(b)) for a, b in zip(test_string, test_string[1:]))
  
# print result
print("The maximum consecutive difference is : " + str(res))

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Output :



The original string : 6543452345456987653234
The maximum consecutive difference is : 3

 

Method #2 : Using max() + map() + operator.sub
The above problem can also be solved using yet another combination of functions. In this combination, map functions performs the task of extending the logic to whole list and sub operator is used to perform the difference.

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# Python3 code to demonstrate
# Maximum Difference in String
# using max() + map() + operator.sub
from operator import sub
  
# initializing string 
test_string = '6543452345456987653234'
  
# printing original string 
print("The original string : " + str(test_string))
  
# using max() + map() + operator.sub
# Maximum Difference in String
res = max(map(sub, map(int, test_string), map(int, test_string[1:])))
  
# print result
print("The maximum consecutive difference is : " + str(res))

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Output :

The original string : 6543452345456987653234
The maximum consecutive difference is : 3



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