Python program to Rearrange a string so that all same characters become d distance away

Given a non-empty string str and an integer k , rearrange the string such that the same characters are at least distance k from each other.

All input strings are given in lowercase letters. If it is not possible to rearrange the string, return an empty string "".

Example 1:

str = “tutorialspoint”, k = 3

Answer: “tiotiotalnprsu”

The same characters are at least 3 character distance apart.

str = "aabbcc", k = 3

Answer: "abcabc"

The same characters are at least 3 character distance apart.

Example 2

str = "aaabc", k = 3

Answer: ""

It is not possible to rearrange the string.

Example 3:

str = "aaadbbcc", k = 2

Answer: "abacabcd"

Another possible answer is: "abcabcda"

The same characters are at least 2 character distance apart.


MAX = 128

# A structure to store a character 'char' and its frequency 'freq'
# in input string
class charFreq(object):
   def __init__(self,char,freq):
      self.c = char
      self.f = freq

# A utility function to swap two charFreq items.
def swap(x, y):
   return y, x

# A utility function
def toList(string):
   t = []
   for x in string:

   return t

# A utility function
def toString(l):
   return ''.join(l)

# A utility function to maxheapify the node freq[i] of a heap stored in freq[]
def maxHeapify(freq, i, heap_size):
   l = i*2 + 1
   r = i*2 + 2
   largest = i
   if l < heap_size and freq[l].f > freq[i].f:
      largest = l
   if r < heap_size and freq[r].f > freq[largest].f:
      largest = r
   if largest != i:
      freq[i], freq[largest] = swap(freq[i], freq[largest])
      maxHeapify(freq, largest, heap_size)

# A utility function to convert the array freq[] to a max heap
def buildHeap(freq, n):
   i = (n - 1)//2
   while i >= 0:
      maxHeapify(freq, i, n)

# A utility function to remove the max item or root from max heap
def extractMax(freq, heap_size):
   root = freq[0]
   if heap_size > 1:
      freq[0] = freq[heap_size-1]
      maxHeapify(freq, 0, heap_size-1)

return root

# The main function that rearranges input string 'str' such that
# two same characters become d distance away
def rearrange(string, d):
   # Find length of input string
   n = len(string)

   # Create an array to store all characters and their
   # frequencies in str[]
   freq = []
   for x in range(MAX):

   m = 0

   # Traverse the input string and store frequencies of all
   # characters in freq[] array.
   for i in range(n):
      x = ord(string[i])

      # If this character has occurred first time, increment m
      if freq[x].c == 0:
         freq[x].c = chr(x)

      string[i] = '\0'

   # Build a max heap of all characters
   buildHeap(freq, MAX)

   # Now one by one extract all distinct characters from max heap
   # and put them back in str[] with the d distance constraint
   for i in range(m):
      x = extractMax(freq, MAX-i)

      # Find the first available position in str[]
      p = i
      while string[p] != '\0':

      # Fill x.c at p, p+d, p+2d, .. p+(f-1)d
      for k in range(x.f):

         # If the index goes beyond size, then string cannot
         # be rearranged.
         if p + d*k >= n:
            print ("It is not possible to rearrange the string.")

      string[p + d*k] = x.c

   return toString(string)

string = "tutorialspoint"
print (rearrange(toList(string), 3) )



Updated on: 30-Jul-2019


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