139. Word Break

Updated: 2023-06-06
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LeetCode problem


Dynamic Programming.


Using DP:

  1. Iterate through each character of string s.
  2. Generate all possible substrings ending at the current index.
  3. Check if the substring is in wordDict:
    1. If it is, check if the index before the substring’s first index is marked as True (this indicates that the part of the string before the current substring can be segmented into words in wordDict).
      1. If it is, then mark the current index as True.


class Solution:
    def wordBreak(self, s, wordDict):
        n = len(s)
        dp = [False] * n

        for end in range(1, n + 1):  # 1. n+1 to include last char
            for start in range(end): # 2. Generate all substrings ending at i
                substring = s[start:end]
                # 3.1 check if previous part before substring met condition
                prev_substr_end_index = start - 1 # if true then everything before passed condition
                if prev_substr_end_index == -1 or dp[prev_substr_end_index]:  # 3.1
                    if substring in wordDict:  # 3.
                        dp[end - 1] = True
                        break # on current step(end index) we know that meet condition

        return dp[-1]

Optimized solution:

class Solution:
    def wordBreak(self, s, wordDict):
        n = len(s)
        dp = [False] * (n + 1) # use n+1 list
        dp[0] = True

        for i in range(1, n + 1):
            for j in range(i):
                if dp[j] and s[j:i] in wordDict:
                    dp[i] = True

        return dp[-1]  
Leetcode Problem 139