Split the string into minimum parts such that each part is in the another string

Given two strings A and B, the task is to split the string A into the minimum number of substrings such that each substring is in the string B.

Note: If there is no way to split the string, then print -1

Input: A = “abcdab”, B = “dabc”
Output: 2
The two substrings of A which is also present in B are –
{“abc”, “dab”}

Input: A = “abcde”, B = “edcb”
Output: -1
There is no way to split the string A into substring
Such that each string is also present in the B.


  • Construct a trie of every substring of B.
  • After that we’ll use Dynamic programing to find the the minimum number of parts to break the string A such that every part is a substring of B.

Recurrence Relation in Dynamic Programming:

dp[i] = minimum number of parts to break the string A up to ith prefix.

dp[0] = 0
for i in {0, S1.length}
    for j in {i, S1.length}
        if(S1[i, ... j] is found in trie
            dp[j] = min(dp[j], dp[i] + 1);

dp[S1.length] is the
minimum number of parts.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:






// C++ implementation to split the
// string into minimum number of
// parts such that each part is also
// present in the another string
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
const int INF = 1e9 + 9;
// Node of Trie
struct TrieNode {
    TrieNode* child[26] = { NULL };
// Function to insert a node in the
// Trie Data Structure
void insert(int idx, string& s,
            TrieNode* root)
    TrieNode* temp = root;
    for (int i = idx; i < s.length(); i++) {
        // Inserting every character from idx
        // till end to string into trie
        if (temp->child[s[i] - 'a'] == NULL)
            // if there is no edge corresponding
            // to the ith character,
            // then make a new node
            temp->child[s[i] - 'a'] = new TrieNode;
        temp = temp->child[s[i] - 'a'];
// Function to find the minimum
// number of parts such that each
// part is present into another string
int minCuts(string S1, string S2)
    int n1 = S1.length();
    int n2 = S2.length();
    // Making a new trie
    TrieNode* root = new TrieNode;
    for (int i = 0; i < n2; i++) {
        // Inserting every substring
        // of S2 in trie
        insert(i, S2, root);
    // Creating dp array and
    // init it with infinity
    vector<int> dp(n1 + 1, INF);
    // Base Case
    dp[0] = 0;
    for (int i = 0; i < n1; i++) {
        // Starting the cut from ith character
        // taking temporary node pointer
        // for checking whether the substring
        // [i, j) is present in trie of not
        TrieNode* temp = root;
        for (int j = i + 1; j <= n1; j++) {
            if (temp->child[S1[j - 1] - 'a'] == NULL)
                // if the jth character is not in trie
                // we'll break
            // Updating the the ending of
            // jth character with dp[i] + 1
            dp[j] = min(dp[j], dp[i] + 1);
            // Descending the trie pointer
            temp = temp->child[S1[j - 1] - 'a'];
    // Answer not possible
    if (dp[n1] >= INF)
        return -1;
        return dp[n1];
// Driver Code
int main()
    string S1 = "abcdab";
    string S2 = "dabc";
    cout << minCuts(S1, S2);




Time Complexity :  O(N^2)
Space Complexity :  O(N^2)


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