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Lessons Learned: Dynamic Programming

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Question: Given a string s and a dictionary of words dict, determine if s can be segmented into a space-separated sequence of one or more dictionary words.

For example, given s ="sweprep", dict = ["swe", "prep"]. Return true because "sweprep" can be segmented as "swe prep".


Approach 1: Brute Force

This problem can be solved through a brute force check, in which for each string in dict we check if it exists in the string, and return true if we get to the end of the string.

See Approach 1

Approach 2: Dynamic Programming

We can use a dynamic programming approach:

  • Define an array arr[] such that if arr[i] == true, then the substring from 0 to i - 1 can be broken down using the dictionary.

  • Our base case is that arr[0] == true

See Approach 2

We’re done!

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