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AnswersYou have a list of 1 million distinct English words. Each word is between 1 to 40 letters long and contains only alphabets, no space or special characters. The list is already sorted alphabetically.

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Given a word shorter than 40 letters, find all words in this list that are only 1 letter different from this word, spelling order is not important.

There are 3 types of matches: 1. Swap one letter with another and you have an exact match 2. Remove one letter and you have an exact match and 3 Add one letter and you'll have an exact match. For example: Given the word "coverage", these are valid matches:

1. "converge". Swap 'n' with 'a'

2. "coverages". Remove 's'.

3. "overage". Add a 'c'.

What's the time complexity of your algorithm?

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Amazon Software Engineer / Developer Algorithm - 0of 0 votes

AnswersGiven an integer (assume it's smaller than 50), write an algorithm that will generate all possible combinations of integers greater than 1 and they produce a sum equals to this number. The same number can appear more than once in a combination. What's the time complexity of your algorithm?

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For example:

<=1 -> {}

2 -> {2},

3->{3},

4->{[4], [2, 2]},

5->{[5], [3, 2]},

6->{[6], [4, 2], [3, 3], [2, 2, 2]}

7->{[7], [5, 2], [4, 3], [3, 2, 2]}

8->{[8], [6, 2], [5, 3], [4, 4], [4, 2, 2], [3, 3, 2], [2, 2, 2, 2]}

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Amazon Software Engineer / Developer Algorithm - 2of 2 votes

AnswersI have 10 million 10-bit integers to sort, how would you sort them and what's the time complexity?

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Follow-on question: Instead of sorting integers, I now have 10 million pairs to sort. Each pair consists of a 10-bit integer and an object, the sort order is determined by the 10-bit integer. Will your original sort algorithm hold or do you need sort it differently?

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Your algorithm is basically Fibonacci, you have completely ignored the data structure to store the results and de-duplication.

- chriscareercup November 12, 2012Absolutely, thanks for spotting it. I've updated the question.

- chriscareercup November 12, 2012I've added clarification to the question, please check again.

- chriscareercup November 12, 2012I've added clarification to the question, please check again.

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