### Coding Interview - Facebook System Design Interview Types

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September 10, 2020

Given two strings s and t , write a function to determine if t is an anagram of s.

**Example**

```
Input: s = "anagram", t = "nagaram"
Output: true
Input: s = "rat", t = "car"
Output: false
```

Note: You may assume the string contains only lowercase alphabets.

First try to understand what an Anagram is. Its NOT about checking order of characters in a string.

Its about checking that:

- Each character in both strings has equal number of occurrence.

A simple solution can be to sort the strings first, then compare.

```
public boolean isAnagram_sort(String s, String t) {
if (s.length() != t.length()) {
return false;
}
char[] s1 = s.toCharArray();
char[] s2 = t.toCharArray();
Arrays.sort(s1);
Arrays.sort(s2);
return Arrays.equals(s1, s2);
}
```

It is equal to complexity taken by sorting.

Its `O(nlogn)`

Another simple solution is that we can use a `HashMap<Character, Integer>`

.

- In one pass of first array, we can populate HashMap, which will have count of each character
- In iteration of second array, we can simply decrement count of found characters
- At any time, if the count becomes zero before we decrementing it. Which means, character count do not match.

```
public boolean isAnagram(String s, String t) {
if (s.length() != t.length()) {
return false;
}
Map<Character, Integer> map = new HashMap<Character, Integer>();
for (int i=0; i<s.length(); i++) {
int count = map.getOrDefault(s.charAt(i), 0);
count ++;
map.put(s.charAt(i), count);
}
for (int i=0; i<t.length(); i++) {
int count = map.getOrDefault(t.charAt(i), 0);
if (count == 0) {
return false;
}
count --;
map.put(t.charAt(i), count);
}
return true;
}
```

Its `O(n)`

Since we know that there are only `lowercase characters`

. We know the unique number of characters will be `26`

.

- We can take an
`Integer array`

of`count 26`

- We can assume that first index corresponds to
`a`

, second to`b`

and so on. - In first pass of an array, we can increment count according to location mentioned above
- While iterating second array, we can simply start decrementing count.
- And, at any point if we found the count to be negative. We return false.

```
public boolean isAnagram_array(String s, String t) {
if (s.length() != t.length()) {
return false;
}
int count[] = new int[26];
for (int i=0; i<s.length(); i++) {
count[s.charAt(i) - 'a'] ++;
}
for (int i=0; i<t.length(); i++) {
if (count[t.charAt(i) - 'a'] <= 0) {
return false;
}
count[t.charAt(i) - 'a'] --;
}
return true;
}
```

Note that `t.charAt(i) - 'a'`

is just to manipulate our indexes.

Its `O(n)`

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