ANARC09A - Seinfeld

I’m out of stories. For years I’ve been writing stories, some rather silly, just to make simple problems look difficult and complex problems look easy. But, alas, not for this one.

You’re given a non empty string made in its entirety from opening and closing braces. Your task is to find the minimum number of “operations” needed to make the string stable. The definition for being stable is as follows:

  1. An empty string is stable.
  2. If S is stable, then {S} is also stable.
  3. If S and T are both stable, then ST (the concatenation of the two) is also stable.

All of these strings are stable: {}, {}{}, and {{}{}}; But none of these: }{, {{}{, nor {}{.
The only operation allowed on the string is to replace an opening brace with a closing brace, or visa-versa.


Your program will be tested on one or more data sets. Each data set is described on a single line. The line is a non-empty string of opening and closing braces and nothing else. No string has more than 2000 braces. All sequences are of even length.

The last line of the input is made of one or more ’-’ (minus signs.)


For each test case, print the following line:

k. N

Where k is the test case number (starting at one,) and N is the minimum number of operations needed to convert the given string into a balanced one.



Output: 1. 2
2. 0
3. 1

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arjun: 2015-07-30 16:44:45

Hey there is no need to store the stack. Did in O(n).

aniket_1729: 2015-07-16 15:28:23

output format!!!!

Ankur Arora: 2015-07-03 01:06:28

very easy

Alex-ander007: 2015-06-23 15:22:48

should there be a space between . and answer or not?

[Mayank Pratap]: 2015-06-22 19:30:50

Stack Implementation....Loved this problem ... :)

Liquid_Science: 2015-06-18 11:29:30

Got wa because of the space beteween "." and no of operations , well played - _-

Aman Agarwal: 2015-06-16 14:04:42

take care of the output format..costed me 1 is very easy..stack implementation

Rishabh Joshi: 2015-06-15 06:49:35

Typo in output format cost me 2 wa.. be careful.

hrishabh: 2015-06-13 22:28:22

easiest one AC in First go :)

blumonkey: 2015-05-28 19:10:21

What is the significance of '\r' in python. I got AC in cpp but the same algo gave wa in python. Why?

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