HackerRank 'Sherlock and The Valid String' Solution

Martin Kysel · September 19, 2018

Short Problem Definition:

Sherlock considers a string to be valid if all characters of the string appear the same number of times. It is also valid if he can remove just 1 character at 1 index in the string, and the remaining characters will occur the same number of times. Given a string , determine if it is valid. If so, return YES, otherwise return NO.

Sherlock and The Valid String


time complexity is O(N)

space complexity is O(N)


This is one of the easier medium problems. Create a character occurrence map. Then create an occurrence-occurrence map. If all the occurrences are the same (size is 1) the string is valid. If there is exactly one character that occurs exactly once, it is also valid. Otherwise invalid


def isValid(S):
    char_map = Counter(S)
    char_occurence_map = Counter(char_map.values())

    if len(char_occurence_map) == 1:
        return True

    if len(char_occurence_map) == 2:
        for v in char_occurence_map.values():
            if v == 1:
                return True

    return False

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