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Facebook Coding Interview Question - How Many Ways to Decode This Message?

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Facebook coding interview question and answer - how many ways to decode this message?
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string by assigning 2 as b and examining the remaining characters, followed by calling a helper function with specific values and k-1, which is 4.', 'The return value of the helper function for the given string and k will be either the sum of helper of the same string and k-1 and helper of the same string and k-2, or just helper of the same string and k-1.', 'In either case, the helper of the same string and k-1 is involved, which is then stored in a new variable called result.']}, {'end': 739.478, 'start': 647.623, 'title': 'String interpretation', 'summary': 'Explains how to interpret a string by checking if the first two letters represent a single letter, then adding a helper to the result and returning the results.', 'duration': 91.855, 'highlights': ["We need to add helper of the same string k-1 to that result only when we can interpret the first two letters of the part of the string that we're examining as a single letter. So that's when the first two letters, the number that it represents is less than or equal to 26 and also greater than or equal to 10. (Relevance: 3)", "We can check that by writing if k is greater than or equal to 2 and int of data square brackets s colon s plus 2 is less than or equal to 26. So we need to first say k greater than or equal to 2 to make sure that we have at least two letters in the part of the string that we're examining. (Relevance: 2)", "And then let's just say here that data square brackets s colon s plus two retrieves the substring that we're interested in, the first two letters of the part of the string that we're examining. And then we need to convert it to an integer and make sure that that's less than or equal to 26. We don't have to worry about that part being greater than or equal to 10 here, actually, because that part is already taken care of when we check that data square brackets, S or the first letter of the part of the string that we're examining is not equal to zero. (Relevance: 1)"]}], 'duration': 222.828, 'thumbnail': 'https://coursnap.oss-ap-southeast-1.aliyuncs.com/video-capture/qli-JCrSwuk/pics/qli-JCrSwuk516650.jpg', 'highlights': ['The chapter discusses adjusting the notation for recursive calls and decoding process using a helper function, with specific examples such as interpreting letters individually and in pairs.', "The helper function is called recursively with a decrementing 'k' value, leading to specific cases where 'k-1' and 'k-2' result in different interpretations and recursive calls.", 'The process involves interpreting a string by assigning 2 as b and examining the remaining characters, followed by calling a helper function with specific values and k-1, which is 4.', 'The return value of the helper function for the given string and k will be either the sum of helper of the same string and k-1 and helper of the same string and k-2, or just helper of the same string and k-1.', "We need to add helper of the same string k-1 to that result only when we can interpret the first two letters of the part of the string that we're examining as a single letter. So that's when the first two letters, the number that it represents is less than or equal to 26 and also greater than or equal to 10."]}, {'end': 995.2, 'segs': [{'end': 768.847, 'src': 'embed', 'start': 740.191, 'weight': 2, 'content': [{'end': 745.573, 'text': 'Now this solution works, but it can be very inefficient depending on the nature of the input.', 'start': 740.191, 'duration': 5.382}, {'end': 747.354, 'text': "So let's see why that's the case.", 'start': 746.094, 'duration': 1.26}, {'end': 751.076, 'text': "And for that, let's examine the worst case for this problem.", 'start': 748.115, 'duration': 2.961}, {'end': 759.9, 'text': "That's when we're given a string that solely consists of ones, because then there are many, many ways to interpret this string.", 'start': 751.676, 'duration': 8.224}, {'end': 768.847, 'text': "And if that was the case, numways of, let's say, six ones that would go into helper of the same string and six.", 'start': 760.36, 'duration': 8.487}], 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if we are trying to find numways of, then we'll create a new array with n plus 1 elements, or 4 elements in this particular case,", 'start': 830.448, 'duration': 12.007}, {'end': 846.398, 'text': "and then we're going to use this to store some of the intermediate results from our function.", 'start': 842.455, 'duration': 3.943}, {'end': 852.493, 'text': "We're gonna store helper of 111 k at index k.", 'start': 847.588, 'duration': 4.905}, {'end': 855.936, 'text': 'So if k is one, that goes into this one.', 'start': 852.493, 'duration': 3.443}, {'end': 867.026, 'text': 'And this way, helper of 111 and n, or the last value that we need to find, will go into the last index of this array right here.', 'start': 856.717, 'duration': 10.309}, {'end': 870.689, 'text': 'And with that, our code is going to look like this.', 'start': 868.087, 'duration': 2.602}, {'end': 876.294, 'text': 'This is almost identical to what we had earlier, except for these orange parts.', 'start': 871.71, 'duration': 4.584}, {'end': 881.098, 'text': "And the first thing that's different is that we changed the names a bit.", 'start': 876.995, 'duration': 4.103}, {'end': 885.182, 'text': 'You know, we have numways of dp and helper of dp now.', 'start': 881.518, 'duration': 3.664}], 'summary': 'Using dynamic programming and memoization to optimize computations, reducing time complexity to 2^n.', 'duration': 78.48, 'max_score': 806.702, 'thumbnail': 'https://coursnap.oss-ap-southeast-1.aliyuncs.com/video-capture/qli-JCrSwuk/pics/qli-JCrSwuk806702.jpg'}, {'end': 989.174, 'src': 'heatmap', 'start': 948.795, 'weight': 1, 'content': [{'end': 958.303, 'text': 'And with this solution, it only actually takes O of n in time to find numways of the given string instead of 2 to the power of n that we saw earlier.', 'start': 948.795, 'duration': 9.508}, {'end': 964.249, 'text': 'and, by the way, like i said earlier, this problem came from this website called daily coding problem.', 'start': 958.943, 'duration': 5.306}, {'end': 969.255, 'text': 'you can find the website through my referral link, csdojo.io daily.', 'start': 964.249, 'duration': 5.006}, {'end': 977.845, 'text': "it's a website that gives you a daily coding problem to practice with and it's actually a website that's run by a friend of mine i used to work with at google.", 'start': 969.255, 'duration': 8.59}, {'end': 983.429, 'text': "If you use my referral link, it's going to give you a 10% discount on their premium subscription.", 'start': 978.425, 'duration': 5.004}, {'end': 989.174, 'text': "But I would say even their free option and their blog articles that you're looking at right now are pretty good.", 'start': 983.81, 'duration': 5.364}], 'summary': 'Solution reduces time complexity to o(n), from 2^n. referral link offers 10% discount.', 'duration': 40.379, 'max_score': 948.795, 'thumbnail': 'https://coursnap.oss-ap-southeast-1.aliyuncs.com/video-capture/qli-JCrSwuk/pics/qli-JCrSwuk948795.jpg'}], 'start': 740.191, 'title': 'Inefficient recursive solutions and optimizing numways algorithm', 'summary': 'Discusses the inefficiency of a recursive solution with worst-case time complexity of 2^n and proposes dynamic programming and memoization. it also explains optimizing the numways algorithm to o(n) complexity and introduces daily coding problem with a 10% discount on their premium subscription.', 'chapters': [{'end': 830.448, 'start': 740.191, 'title': 'Inefficiency of recursive solution', 'summary': 'Discusses the inefficiency of a recursive solution for a specific problem, with a worst-case time complexity of 2^n, and proposes the use of dynamic programming and memoization to address it.', 'duration': 90.257, 'highlights': ['The inefficiency of the recursive solution is demonstrated by the exponential time complexity of 2^n for finding the number of ways to interpret a string with n letters.', 'The worst case scenario for the problem is highlighted as a string consisting solely of ones, leading to 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