 # 2840. Check if Strings Can be Made Equal With Operations II

Updated: 2023-09-03 LeetCode Problem 2840

## Problem Statement

You are given two strings s1 and s2, both of length n, consisting of lowercase English letters. You can apply certain operations to make them equal. The question is, is it possible?

## Naive Solution

A naive approach would be to try all possible swap operations and compare the two strings at each step, which would be highly inefficient.

## Hints & Tips

1. Observe that swapping can only occur at indices i and j where j - i is even.
2. Separate the string into two different sequences, one containing characters at even indices and the other at odd indices.
3. Check the frequency of characters in both sequences.

## Approach

The efficient approach involves separating characters at even and odd positions into two different sequences for each string and then comparing the frequency of characters in these sequences.

## Steps

1. Initialize two empty lists for s1 and s2, each to store characters at even and odd positions.
2. Populate these lists with characters from s1 and s2.
3. Sort these lists.
4. Compare the sorted lists for equality.

## Solution

from collections import Counter

def checkStrings(s1: str, s2: str) -> bool:
even_s1 = sorted(s1[::2])
odd_s1 = sorted(s1[1::2])

even_s2 = sorted(s2[::2])
odd_s2 = sorted(s2[1::2])

return even_s1 == even_s2 and odd_s1 == odd_s2