leetcode 5 Longest Palindromic Substring--最长回文字符串


Given a string S, find the longest palindromic substring in S. You may assume that the maximum length of S is 1000, and there exists one unique longest palindromic substring. 所谓回文字符串,就是一个字符串,从左到右读和从右到左读是完全一样的。比如”a” , “aaabbaaa”

之前去笔试了三星研究院,写算法题的时候限定了编程语言只能使用的头文件和库函数,这在很大程度上考察了一个程序员的单位时间生产力。比如java只能用util包,c/c++语言只能包含以下三个头文件: stdio.h malloc.h //ANSI标准建议使用stdlib.h头文件 iostream.h // 非标准输入输出,不需要命名空间



1.暴力方案(Brute Force)

对于字符串的每一个子串,都判断一下是不是回文字符串,完后返回最长的那一个 (Brute Force) [Time Limit Exceeded] 时间复杂度分析:O(n3),空间复杂度O(n),显然超时了。

#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
using namespace std;
char result[1000]={0};

bool isHuiwen(int begin,int end,char* s)
    if (end==begin||end<begin)
        return true;
    if (s[begin]!=s[end])
        return false;
    return isHuiwen(begin+1,end-1,s);

char* longestHuiwen(int length,char* s)
    int begin = 0,end=0,sum=0;
    for (int i=0;i<length;i++)
        for (int j=0;j<=i;j++)
            if (isHuiwen(j,i,s))
                if (i-j>=sum)
                    sum = i -j;
                    begin = j;
                    end = i;


    return result;

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
    char* s = "abcabaaaabbacabbaa";
    char* r_s = longestHuiwen(18,s);
    return 0;


Approach #1 (Longest Common Substring) [Accepted]

Common mistake

Some people will be tempted to come up with a quick solution, which is unfortunately flawed (however can be corrected easily):

Reverse S and become S′. Find the longest common substring between S and S​′, which must also be the longest palindromic substring.This seemed to work, let’s see some examples below.

For example, S=”caba” S′=”abac”

The longest common substring between S and S​′ is ”aba”, which is the answer. Let’s try another example: S=”abacdfgdcaba” S′=”abacdgfdcaba”

The longest common substring between S and S​′ is ”abacd” Clearly, this is not a valid palindrome.

讨论帖子: http://bbs.csdn.net/topics/392005408


Approach #3 (Dynamic Programming) [Accepted]

To improve over the brute force solution, we first observe how we can avoid unnecessary re-computation while validating palindromes. Consider the case ”ababa” ”ababa”. If we already knew that ”bab” ”bab” is a palindrome, it is obvious that ”ababa” ”ababa” must be a palindrome since the two left and right end letters are the same.

We define P(i,j)P(i,j) as following:

P(i,j)={true, if the substring Si…Sj is a palindrome false, otherwise.

P(i,j)={true,if the substring Si…Sj is a palindromefalse,otherwise. Therefore,

P(i, j) = ( P(i+1, j-1) \text{ and } S_i == S_j ) P(i,j)=(P(i+1,j−1) and S​i==S​j)

The base cases are:

P(i, i) = true P(i,i)=true

P(i, i+1) = ( S_i == S_{i+1} ) P(i,i+1)=(S​i ==Si+1)

This yields a straight forward DP solution, which we first initialize the one and two letters palindromes, and work our way up finding all three letters palindromes, and so on…

Complexity Analysis

Time complexity : O(n^2)O(n​2). This gives us a runtime complexity of O(n^2)O(n2).

Space complexity : O(n^2)O(n​2). It uses O(n^2)O(n2) space to store the table.

Additional Exercise

Could you improve the above space complexity further and how?

Approach #4 (Expand Around Center) [Accepted]

In fact, we could solve it in O(n^2)O(n​2 ) time using only constant space.

We observe that a palindrome mirrors around its center. Therefore, a palindrome can be expanded from its center, and there are only 2n - 12n−1 such centers.

You might be asking why there are 2n - 12n−1 but not nn centers? The reason is the center of a palindrome can be in between two letters. Such palindromes have even number of letters (such as ”abba””abba”) and its center are between the two ‘b”b’s.

public String longestPalindrome(String s) { int start = 0, end = 0; for (int i = 0; i < s.length(); i++) { int len1 = expandAroundCenter(s, i, i); int len2 = expandAroundCenter(s, i, i + 1); int len = Math.max(len1, len2); if (len > end - start) { start = i - (len - 1) / 2; end = i + len / 2; } } return s.substring(start, end + 1); }

private int expandAroundCenter(String s, int left, int right) { int L = left, R = right; while (L >= 0 && R < s.length() && s.charAt(L) == s.charAt(R)) { L–; R++; } return R - L - 1; } Complexity Analysis

Time complexity : O(n^2)O(n​2​​ ). Since expanding a palindrome around its center could take O(n)O(n) time, the overall complexity is O(n^2)O(n​2​​ ).

Space complexity : O(1)O(1).

Approach #5 (Manacher’s Algorithm) [Accepted]

There is even an O(n)O(n) algorithm called Manacher’s algorithm, explained here in detail. However, it is a non-trivial algorithm, and no one expects you to come up with this algorithm in a 45 minutes coding session. But, please go ahead and understand it, I promise it will be a lot of fun.



char* longestPalindrome(char* s) {
int i,length=strlen(s);
char* new_s;
new_s=malloc(sizeof(char)*(2*length + 2));


int len=2*length + 2;
int* r;
int center=1;
int max_right=0;
   if( (max_right-i)> r[2*center-i] )
else r[i]=1;
while(new_s[i-r[i]]==new_s[i+r[i]] && i-r[i]>0 && i+r[i]<len)

if(i+r[i] > max_right)
        center = i;
        max_right = i+r[i];


int max_r = 0;
int j=0;
        if( max_r<r[i])
            max_r= r[i];
int m=(j-(max_r-2)-2)/2;
int n=(j+(max_r-2)-2)/2;
char *c;

int x=0;
return c;



string longestPalindrome(string s) {
    if (s.empty()) return"";
    if (s.size() == 1) return s;
    int min_start = 0, max_len = 1;
    for (int i = 0; i < s.size();) {
      if (s.size() - i <= max_len / 2) break;
      int j = i, k = i;
      while (k < s.size()-1 && s[k+1] == s[k]) ++k; // Skip duplicate characters.
      i = k+1;
      while (k < s.size()-1 && j > 0 && s[k + 1] == s[j - 1]) { ++k; --j; } // Expand.int new_len = k - j + 1;
      if (new_len > max_len) { min_start = j; max_len = new_len; }
    return s.substr(min_start, max_len);


def longestPalindrome(self, s):
    res = ""
    for i in xrange(len(s)):
        # odd case, like "aba"
        tmp = self.helper(s, i, i)
        if len(tmp) > len(res):
            res = tmp
        # even case, like "abba"
        tmp = self.helper(s, i, i+1)
        if len(tmp) > len(res):
            res = tmp
    return res

# get the longest palindrome, l, r are the middle indexes  
# from inner to outer
def helper(self, s, l, r):
    while l >= 0 and r < len(s) and s[l] == s[r]:
        l -= 1; r += 1
    return s[l+1:r]


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