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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aayush96: 2017-10-04 20:51:05

pathetic problem

Last edit: 2017-10-07 10:04:42
kholan: 2017-09-10 14:14:43

Note that strings such as {}{ are not solvable by only flipping the braces so those problems are not asked.

mahilewets: 2017-08-28 12:25:04

I have solved it

But don't proved the correctness

arora_shivam: 2017-08-24 19:22:51

done in O(n) complexity

surajmall: 2017-08-09 19:54:33

Need good observation for this problem

jaideeppyne: 2017-07-05 15:03:38

Be careful with the output format. Got 1 WA for that. :( Use adhoc process.No need of stack. You can find a good method of how to approach the question in adhoc way without use of stacks on Quora . The explanation available is nice.

vivace: 2017-06-30 11:50:42

solvable using dp as well... O(n^2)

viratian_070: 2017-06-14 07:36:26

no stack needed.....think simple...simple adhoc problem

da_201501181: 2017-05-26 13:58:27

O(n) without Stack..!! -:)

iammangod96: 2017-05-19 11:36:38

stack.size()/2 + cnt

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